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LGBT-inclusive relationships and sex education not yet the norm in schools, new report finds

LGBT-related information about healthy relationships and safe sex is largely excluded from relationships and sex education (RSE) in Britain’s schools, a new report published by Stonewall has revealed. It is also worse in ‘faith’ schools than others. Stonewall’s School Report, which is produces once every five years, details the findings of a survey of nearly […]

Religious landgrab continues as Church tries to gain control of nine non-church schools

The Church of England is proposing to assume overall control of a multi-academy trust (MAT) in Northumberland despite only one of the nine schools in the proposed MAT having a religious character. In a letter to parents and carers seen by Humanists UK, plans are outlined for the creation of ‘The Tynedale Community Trust’, comprising […]

BHA and Young Humanists move to protect non-religious parents with guide on religion in schools

The British Humanist Association (BHA) and Young Humanists have published today a comprehensive guide for non-religious parents and young people, offering support and advice on how to navigate an education system increasingly subject to undue religious influence. The guide comes in the week that parents all over England discovered at which primary school their children […]

Government approves yet more religious free schools

A new wave of state ‘faith’ schools has been approved by the Government as part of its ongoing free schools programme. The British Humanist Association (BHA) has stressed once again that increasing the number of ‘faith’ schools can only lead to more segregation and more discrimination at a time when more efforts should be being […]

BHA: pastoral support in schools must not be hijacked by the Church

In an interview with the TES magazine last week, the Church of England’s chief education officer, Nigel Genders, stated that all schools, including non-church schools, would benefit from employing a chaplain as part of their pastoral support provision. The British Humanist Association (BHA), which provides a network of accredited non-religious pastoral carers in hospitals, hospices, […]

Schools opting for more inclusive assemblies over compulsory Christian worship

A number of schools have sought to free themselves from the requirement to hold daily Christian worship and provide more inclusive assemblies instead, a new investigation has revealed. The investigation, carried out by Schools Week, found that nearly 50 schools have sought exemptions to the collective worship requirement in the last 18 months, with many […]

‘Children in illegal religious schools being failed’, says BHA

Significant action by local and national authorities is required to ‘secure the rights, well-being, and education of the children’ trapped in illegal religious schools, the British Humanist Association (BHA) has told Hackney Council as part of its inquiry into unregistered schools.   The inquiry is being run by the Council’s Children and Young People’s Scrutiny […]

New report: ‘faith’ schools ‘more ethnically segregated’, ‘more likely to cater to more advantaged students’

‘Faith’ schools in England are ‘more ethnically segregated than schools of no faith’ and ‘more likely to cater to more advantaged students’, new research has revealed. The report, entitled Understanding School Segregation in England: 2011 to 2016, examines the level of segregation within schools by comparing the ethnic make-up and free school meal eligibility of […]

Liberal Democrats vote to end religious selection amongst state schools

The Liberal Democrats have passed new party policy to support an end to religious selection in state-funded schools in England. The policy also calls for all state schools to teach impartial education about religious and non-religious worldviews that is inspected by Ofsted, for much stricter limits on religious discrimination in ‘faith’ school employment, and for […]

House of Commons approves compulsory Relationships and Sex Education in English schools, whilst expressing concerns on ‘faith’ school opt out

Government proposals to make Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) compulsory in all English schools were approved by MPs in the House of Commons yesterday. The change comes as part of an amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill introduced by the Government, and follows decades of campaigning, intensified in recent months, by the British […]

Exposed: churches falsely claim their schools are inclusive of Muslim-background pupils

New research has called into question recent claims from the Church of England and Catholic Education Service that many of their schools take a majority of pupils from Muslim backgrounds. The research reveals that only a quarter of Church of England and Catholic schools situated in areas where most young people identify as ‘Muslim’ actually […]

‘Faith’ schools three times more socially selective than others, new research finds (again)

English ‘faith’ schools are the most socially selective category of comprehensive school, and more than three times more socially selective than schools with no religious character, a new report from the Sutton Trust has found. The Sutton Trust has also come out against the UK Government’s proposals to expand religious selection in new state-run religious […]

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