Every week we receive many requests for advice, information and support from parents on a range of issues. Here we aim to deal with a few of the most common issues raised with us by parents but if you do not find what you are looking for, please do contact us.
For free downloadable education resources, including lesson plans, classroom activities, presentations, videos, and humanist perspectives on a range of topics discussed in school, see our website Understanding Humanism.
Many of our resources can support young people’s studying, but can also help with conversations around important questions: How can I be good to others?, How can I know what to believe?, How can I be happy?
You can download a handy guide for parents with information about all our resources here.
To learn more about humanism, take a look at our two free online courses.
NEW: Assemblies for All
Assemblies for All is a website designed to provide access to high quality, inclusive assemblies for schools across the UK so that every student can experience assemblies which are educational, enjoyable, and appropriate for young people from all backgrounds.
Humanists UK campaigns against collective worship in schools and instead argues for inclusive assemblies that are appropriate for all students. Please support more inclusive assemblies by letting your child’s school know about Assemblies for All.
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.
Check out our list of recommended books on humanism and recommend books for children. This includes several books that can support parents with bereaved children.
Young Humanists e-booklet: Humanists UK’s 18 to 35 section have published a free e-booklet, ‘Does every question need an answer? A guide to open-ended questioning for parents’. – As every parent knows, children love to ask questions. This practical guide, written by school teacher Lian Montgomery and illustrated by Kathleen Chagall Design, helps you to respond to children’s enquiries about life’s big (and small) questions in an open-ended way. The booklet includes top tips and ideas on how to have open and honest conversations, and is laid out in an easy-to-digest format. So if you’re a parent, grandparent, guardian, educator or anyone else interested in helping children to think critically and creatively, download the guide today. The booklet is free to download.
Humanist families discuss family life: members of Humanists UK with families of their own answer a selection of the questions we often receive, showing a range of approaches to issues such as: “catching” religion;school worship and religious education; magic and fantasy; death and bereavement; introducing Humanism; marriage and relationships.
For more information on our education policy, religious education, and collective worship, see our campaigns pages
How can parents and carers request a humanist school speaker for their child’s school?
If you would like one of our humanist school speakers to visit your child’s school, you should write to their headteacher. Click here for a template email explaining why is is so important that young people have the opportunity to learn about humanism.
Some Questions Frequently Asked By Parents: responses to the most frequently asked questions concerning Religious Education, religious schools, prayers, and other topics.