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School curriculum

One of our aims is to promote a humanist perspective on public policy issues. Many humanists have had a profound interest in education and so the school curriculum has naturally been a focus for us. In practice, we concentrate on aspects of the curriculum where the humanist voice is excluded or weak or where others are actively promoting policies at odds with our principles.

More specifically, we are involved in:

  • Religious Education (RE), which we would like to see reformed into a broader subject that enables young people to consider fundamental philosophical questions, including those related to both religious and non-religious beliefs.
  • Science, where we are firm supporters of teaching young people about the scientific method, and science as a route to human knowledge. We also support evolution being taught in the primary curriculum, and oppose any teaching of pseudoscience, in particular creationism or ‘intelligent design’, as valid scientific theories.
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, particularly Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). We believe all young people are entitled to unbiased and comprehensive education about sex and relationships, and support PSHE as a whole becoming a statutory part of the school curriculum.

While not part of the school curriculum, we also support reform of the legislation which currently requires every school in England and Wales to hold a daily act of Collective Worship, instead thinking that schools should hold inclusive assemblies that contribute to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils, regardless of religion or belief.

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