Education is an important part of Humanists UK’s work.
In this section you can find pages for teachers, students, and parents to support education about humanism, whether in religious education, philosophy and ethics, or in other areas of the school curriculum.
For free, downloadable teaching resources, including lesson plans, classroom activities, presentations, videos, and humanist perspectives on a range of topics studied in school, see our website Understanding Humanism. Teachers can also find guidance and information about CPD opportunities.
We also have a variety of publications for sale and materials for teachers and schools in our online shop.
We also provide free humanist speakers for schools, colleges, or community groups. Request a school speaker here.
To learn more about our history, read about the humanist tradition.
NEW free online course: Humanist lives
What does it mean to lead a humanist life? Find out by meeting humanists from around the world and hearing their stories on our new online course called ‘Humanist lives’.
Today an increasing number of people around the world describe themselves as humanist. They believe that this is the only life we have, that the world is a natural place with no supernatural side, and that we have the freedom to shape our own lives.
On this course, presented by Humanists UK President Professor Alice Roberts, you’ll meet individual humanists from around the world. From their stories, you’ll learn what motivates them, and how they express their humanism. You’ll learn about the questions, choices, challenges, and joys found in a humanist approach to life and have the opportunity to reflect on and evaluate it.
The course launched in June 2019.
Free online course: Introducing humanism: non-religious approaches to life
Writer and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig is the face of our introductory ‘massive open online course’ (MOOC) on humanism.
This course has been designed to meet growing demand from the vast segment of the population who are not religious but who are nonetheless hungry for answers to questions such as: How can I know what is true? What is the best way to live? What kind of world do I want? It features contributions from well-known humanists, academics, campaigners, humanist celebrants, and humanist pastoral carers, as well as members of the public.
Launched in February 2018, thousands of people are already learning from the course. Below you will find some reviews from learners.
‘I can’t recommend highly enough this free online course, from Humanists UK. It’s an exquisite example of how to teach humanism – not just teach ABOUT humanism, which our organizations and speakers love to do, but teach humanism as a way of life and as a response to life’s great questions. This is the way forward for the Humanist movement: to make it clear that we have convincing and fulfilling answers to the same questions religions purport to answer, and to convey those answers in an accessible and engaging way. Well done, Humanists UK!’
James Croft, Ethical Society of St Louis
‘This course has been excellent in its structure and content. The material has been accessible but sometimes challenging, and the responses of other students have been thought-provoking. Use of sources from classical philosophers to young people today have enlivened the learning process. Of particular interest has been the discussion on how humanists approach the construction(s) of moral values. Thank you, course team – this is the best on-line course I have done so far. I have learned a lot and/or been able to name what I already knew. I can now very happily ascribe a positive name to my long-held beliefs. I am a humanist.’
‘Like many others on this course, I was a Humanist but didn’t have a label for it in the past. Previously I would have described myself as an Atheist, but it seems such a negative term. Atheism describes what you don’t believe in rather than what you do believe in. For me,humanism is a very positive ‘label’ and I am happy to apply it to myself. I think that when and where I face challenges in the future, I will be better placed to handle situations as I now have a better understanding of a Humanist approach to life that I can draw upon.’
‘I took this course because it sounded interesting, but what I got out of it was so much more profound. I found a philosophy that aligns with my values, a new way to look at the meaning of my life, and a wonderful community of like minded people to engage with. Sincerely, thank you.’
‘It has been a very instructive experience and has encouraged me to reflect on my own priorities. How I would love to see humanism becoming a dominant influence in the ways in which we all behave towards each other as I think it would result in a far more peaceful and rational world.’
‘This course has confirmed for me that I am indeed a humanist and an atheist. I have been pleasantly surprised that humanism is not purely “humans” first, and that there is a great scope to include the environment and other species in this as well. I will probably seek out opportunities to utilise my humanism more in my career and social life. I may even join the campaigns and greater movement to further improve society. I will also spend more time pondering the greater existential questions, to hopefully find a personal answer that leads me to greater sense of purpose, meaning and fulfilment in my life.’