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.
Free online course: Introducing humanism: non-religious approaches to life
Writer and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig is the face of our new introductory ‘massive open online course’ (MOOC) on humanism. This new course has been designed to explore how humanists approach 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.
List of recommended books for primary and secondary level children, and for teachers and students: books and other materials covering a wide range of issues and aimed at primary and secondary age school children. Also included is a section on background reading aimed at teachers and students.
Parents looking for books for bereaved children will find some suggested titles on our list of recommended books.
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.
Humanists UK Education Policy – a summary: our policies on education, which we promote in our campaigns.
Collective worship: the law and your rights.
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. You can find a template email here, 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.