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‘Good schools must teach fully inclusive RE,’ Humanists UK tells Ofsted

Ofsted must ensure that schools teach RE that is fully inclusive of non-religious worldviews like humanism before giving them a positive inspection rating, Humanists UK has said. The statement was made Humanists UK Response to Ofsted EIF Consultation 2019 on the inspectorate’s draft new education inspection framework (EIF), which places a greater emphasis on the […]

Wales Humanists pushes for more inclusive RE and RSE

Wales Humanists has called on the Welsh Government to become a world leader in inclusive education, pushing for a religious education (RE) curriculum that features humanism and for a broad-based, age-appropriate relationships and sex (RSE) curriculum. In its response to the Welsh Government on RE and RSE, Wales Humanists has recommended a range of changes […]

Over 180 high-profile campaigners join forces against new 100% religiously selective schools

Alice Roberts, Stephen Fry, Lord Kenneth Baker, Becky Francis, Revd Richard Harries, and Alf Dubs are among 183 campaigners opposing proposals to open 100% religiously selective schools Letter urges Damian Hinds to stop opening segregated religious schools and instead let children from all religions and beliefs mix together in inclusive schools Letter organised by Humanists […]

Human Rights Committee raises Humanists UK’s concerns on Domestic Abuse Bill

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has responded positively to concerns raised by Humanists UK about gaps in protections proposed under the draft Domestic Abuse Bill, and advised the Government to consider expanding the definition of domestic abuse.   In its submission to the Committee’s inquiry, Humanists UK raised concerns that the current proposed definition […]

Humanists celebrate first legal humanist marriage in Jersey

Humanists have celebrated Jersey’s first legal humanist marriage which took place on the island today, just over a year after Jersey passed a law to give legal recognition of humanist marriages. The first legal marriage on the island follows on from a four-year campaign by Humanists UK and its member, States of Jersey Deputy Louise […]

New data on illegal schools reveals ‘grave situation’, says Humanists UK

Around 6,000 children are at potential risk in illegal schools in England, with many facing appalling conditions and a total lack of safeguarding, according to new information released today by Ofsted. Humanists UK, which has led the campaign against illegal, unregistered schools, says the data, which has never been published before, provides new evidence of […]

School admissions appeal system worsens inequalities and increases social segregation, new report finds

The chances of parents getting a child into their first choice of school via the appeals process ‘varies considerably by family background, ethnicity, and pupil attainment at primary school,’ according to a new report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI). Humanists UK, which has long campaigned for more inclusive school admissions policies that do not […]

Funeral settings should be more inclusive of all religions and beliefs, says Government

Humanists UK has welcomed a new Government report which recommends that funeral settings such as crematoria be suitable for all members of the community including those without religious beliefs. In its response to the Crematoria Provision and Facilities Review, the Government recommended that crematoria in England should be equipped to provide both religious and non-religious […]

Schools get to decide about LGBT content in RSE lessons – not parents, says Hinds

The Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds has weighed in to the debate over teaching about the existence of LGBT people in Birmingham schools, reiterating that schools – not parents – get to decide what is included in relationships and sex education. In the letter to the General Secretary of the National Association of […]

Humanists in Government network launched

Humanists UK has launched its newest network to bring together humanists and non-religious people working in government. If you’re a civil servant currently working in the UK, a devolved government, or the London Assembly, or a political adviser or parliamentary staffer, you can sign up to be part of the network to receive regular updates […]

Number of non-religious people in Britain jumps by 46%, new figures show

The number of people in Britain who say they have no religion has increased by a staggering 46% over the past seven years, making non-religious people the fastest growing group in the country, according to new figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The data from the ONS, taken from the Annual Population […]

Government to look into labelling of non-stunned meat

The Government has announced it will look into the labelling of meat so that consumers know if the animal was stunned or not before slaughter, allowing them to make more humane choices about the meat products they buy. In a Westminster Hall debate, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, David […]

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