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Humanists UK warns schools and parents about ‘evangelical’ Christmas shoebox appeal

As the Christmas period approaches parents and school-children alike are gearing up to send ‘shoeboxes’ of gifts to children less fortunate than themselves around the world. One shoebox appeal, known as Operation Christmas Child, is run by Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian organisation originating from the United States. Humanists UK, which has warned about the […]

Professor Alice Roberts leads fundraising campaign to oppose state faith schools in 2018

Scientist, writer, and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts has today launched an appeal to fundraise the salary and campaign activities of the only campaigner in the UK dedicated to opposing state-funded faith schools and the prevalence of undue religious privilege and discrimination in the education system. The fundraising campaign comes in the face of unprecedented efforts […]

Challenge to non-stunned meat served in Lancashire schools

The leader of Lancashire County Council Geoff Driver has submitted a proposal to ban halal meat that has not been pre-stunned before slaughter from being served in the county’s schools, after it has been revealed that twenty-seven schools with a total of 12,000 pupils across the county are serving all pupils meat from suppliers where […]

Commission on RE calls for major shake-up of subject in English schools

The Commission on Religious Education (RE) has published its interim report, calling for a new national entitlement to RE applying to all state-funded schools, including religious schools, and for a consultation to take place on a change to the subject’s name so as to better reflect its inclusion of both non-religious worldviews and broad discussion […]

Religious Education not taught in thousands of English schools, new report reveals

More than a quarter of secondary schools in England are not teaching their pupils any religious education (RE), a new report by the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE) and Religious Education Council for England and Wales has revealed. Humanists UK, which is a founding member of the RE Council and campaigns in favour […]

Overwhelming majority of schools in Northern Ireland are failing LGBT pupils, survey reveals

Only one in five schools in Northern Ireland are providing information relevant to lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) pupils within Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) and/or other parts of the curriculum, and just one in eight schools cover transgender issues in their teaching, a Department of Education survey has revealed. The survey details the responses […]

Department for Education research supports mixed schools over segregated schools

Pupils in ethnically mixed schools are more trusting and have more positive views of children from different backgrounds than do pupils in segregated schools, new Department for Education-commissioned research has revealed. Humanists UK has stated that the findings represent a further blow to Government plans to increase religious selection in the school admissions system. The […]

Government in rethink of fully segregated ‘faith’ schools proposal?

Ministers may be reconsidering controversial proposals to allow new state-funded religious schools to become fully segregated along religious lines, according to Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman, who has stated that ‘admission 100% on faith leads to increased levels of segregation within communities’. Humanists UK, which campaigns in favour of fully inclusive schools and has been […]

Ofsted Chief Inspector demands new powers to tackle illegal religious schools

‘Weaknesses in current legislation’ are enabling illegal religious schools to stay open and ‘avoid proper scrutiny’ throughout England, according to Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman. Whilst Ofsted continues to investigate schools suspected as operating illegally, many of which teach nothing but ‘religious texts full-time’, Spielman says that inspectors need more powers in order to ‘protect […]

South Africa outlaws promotion of any one religion in schools

A High Court judge in Johannesburg has outlawed state-funded single-faith schools in South Africa, following a human rights case brought by the Organisation for Religious Education and Democracy. The court found that it was unlawful for a public school to promote adherence to one particular religion, to the exclusion of others, or to hold that […]

Ireland sets example to UK Governments with plans to end religious selection by Catholic schools

The Irish Education Minister Richard Bruton has announced plans to remove the so-called ‘baptism barrier’ in Ireland, which currently allows Catholic schools to religiously discriminate in their admission policies and prioritise children from Catholic families. Humanists UK, which campaigns against religious selection by all state-funded schools, has welcomed the news and called on the UK […]

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