Consultation Responses

A significant part of our output, which often receives less attention, is our submissions to Government or international bodies' consultations. A selection of these submissions can be found below.

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Changes to the School Admissions Code October 2020
Fri, 16 Oct 2020

Our response to a Department for Education consultation on minor changes to the School Admissions Code calls for more fundamental change to address the religious discrimination facilitated by the code.

Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill: CYPEC
Wed, 23 Sep 2020

Our response to the Children, Young People and Education Committee's consultation on the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill on legislative changes for reform of religion, values and ethics (RVE) and relationships and sexuality education (RSE), as part of the New Curriculum for Wales.

Welsh RVE legislative proposals
Mon, 27 Jul 2020

Our response to the Welsh Government's consultation on legislative changes for reform of religion, values and ethics (RVE) as part of the New Curriculum for Wales.

Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill Call for Views
Wed, 22 Jul 2020

Our submission to the Justice Committee's call for views on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill Call for Views emphasised the need for freedom of expression, expressed concern over the proposed "stirring up" offences, and welcomed the repeal of Scotland's blasphemy laws.

UN: Categories of Minorities
Thu, 28 May 2020

We urged the UN special rapporteur on minority issues to push the UK government to outlaw discrimination on the grounds of 'caste'. We also urged the rapporteur to ensure non-religious victims of persecution worldwide are afforded equal protection to those from religious communities. Click here for more information.

Regulating independent educational institutions
Mon, 04 May 2020

Our response called for better regulation of independent schools to protect children's rights and clearer guidance to prevent unregistered schools operating without scrutiny.

Comprehensively Fair (The Sutton Trust)
Fri, 24 Apr 2020

The Sutton Trust held a consultation to inform concrete guidance to help schools and local authorities implement admissions policies that work for families and schools across the country. Our response argued that discriminatory and unsuitable faith schools increase social segregation.

Reviewing the Equality Act 2010
Thu, 26 Mar 2020

The Equality Act Review Campaign is conducting a public consultation with the aim of presenting our findings in Parliament.

We responded highlighting some of the forms of discrimination that are not currently protected against by the Equality Act 2010, including discrimination in faith schools, employment, and on the basis of 'caste'.

Mon, 23 Mar 2020

Renfrewshire Council has proposed to extend the priority given to children who are baptised Catholic for admission to Catholic schools; read more.

We've responded criticising these plans. We've said there is no justification for restricting access to a publicly funded school based on the religious beliefs of children or their families.

UN submission on forced genital cutting
Tue, 17 Mar 2020

In a submission to the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, we called on the HRC and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to protect all children equally from genital cutting.

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