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BHA expresses concerns on state of children’s rights in 2016

In response to a call for evidence from the Children’s Rights Alliance of England, the British Humanist Association (BHA) has expressed a number of concerns regarding the position of children’s rights in England. Highlighting developments over the last year specifically, the BHA’s response identifies the narrowing of the religious education (RE) curriculum, inadequate sex and […]

70 Rabbis challenge Chief Rabbi over exclusive position on religious selection in school admissions

Rabbis from across the UK have written an open letter to the new Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening opposing calls made by the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis for new ‘faith’ schools to be allowed to select all of their places on the basis of religion. The Chief Rabbi has reportedly been putting significant […]

Government quietly approves yet more state-funded religious schools

Amidst the ongoing political wrangling in Westminster, the Government has quietly announced the latest set of Free Schools to be given approval to open from September 2018 and beyond. The list includes three new religious schools. The British Humanist Association (BHA) has again criticised the Government for continuing to approve divisive and discriminatory ‘faith’ schools […]

National first as University of Westminster appoints paid Secular Adviser, accredited by British Humanist Association

The University of Westminster has broken new ground by appointing the UK’s first ever paid pastoral adviser for non-religious people. Isabel Millar, the university’s new Secular Adviser, comes to the university trained and accredited by the British Humanist Association (BHA), the UK’s national charity for non-religious people. Universities have long employed chaplains and multi-faith advisers […]

‘Pioneers of a new and necessary service’ commended by parliamentarians in APPHG meeting held on non-religious pastoral support

On Tuesday the All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) hosted the first ever meeting in Parliament on non-religious pastoral support. The meeting heard from humanist pastoral support volunteers in hospital, prison and armed forces settings, as well as Mike Kavanagh, the Head of Chaplaincy of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), and Mark Burleigh, the Head of […]

‘We are standing by with a 100% cure and not using it’: Government oppose tried and tested measure to reduce number of birth defects and abortions

Members of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) in the House of Lords spoke out on Friday in support of a private members’ bill that would reduce the number of fatal foetal abnormalities thereby reducing the number of abortions for the same reason. The Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) Bill is being proposed […]

‘Young people denied education for safe relationships in schools in England’ BHA responds to Women and Equalities Committee consultation

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has once again criticised the Department for Education’s (DfE) stance on making personal, social, health, and economic education (PSHE), including sex and relationships education (SRE), compulsory in English schools. Responding to a call for evidence from the Women and Equalities Committee, the BHA stated that the DfE’s rhetoric on the […]

Church of England in bid to open more than one hundred new schools

The Church of England has announced that it will seek to open more than one hundred new schools by 2020 as part of the Government’s free school programme. The plans were announced at a meeting of the Church’s General Synod on Sunday, at which the chair of the Anglican Board of Education, the Bishop of […]

BHA welcomes Ofsted warnings on children at risk in ‘faith’ schools but warns problems are far more widespread

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has today welcomed the comments made in an advice note by the Ofsted Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw to the Secretary of State for Education regarding the risks posed to children in unregistered and some registered ‘faith’ schools, whilst warning that the problems he identifies are far more widespread. Published […]

BHA welcomes launch of Commission on Religious Education

The Religious Education Council oversaw the establishment of the independent Commission. The Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC) has today launched a high-profile, independent Commission on Religious Education, ‘to review the legal, education and policy frameworks for RE’. Coming at a time of much uncertainty in RE, with the system of local determination […]

BHA highlights state discrimination against the non-religious

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has argued that the UK state legally discriminates against the non-religious in a wide range of ways, and that urgent reform is needed to ensure a more equal, inclusive and secular society. The call comes in the BHA’s response to the British Institute of Human Rights’ (BIHR’s) ‘Human Rights Check […]

Government challenged in House of Lords over misleading response to High Court ruling on RE

During oral questions in the House of Lords, peers from a range of parties have challenged the Government’s response to last year’s High Court ruling on the place of non-religious worldviews in religious education (RE). Last year, the High Court ruled against the Department for Education (DfE) and in favour of three humanist parents and their […]