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Hackney Council launches consultation on illegal religious schools following BHA campaigning

A consultation into illegal religious schools in Hackney has been launched by the council’s Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Commission. The consultation seeks the views of current or former pupils, parents, and teachers of unregistered schools, which are known to predominantly serve the strictly Orthodox Charedi Jewish Community in and around Stamford Hill. The British […]

Northern Ireland Humanists to host launch event at Belfast Castle

On 10 May 2017, non-religious people from around Northern Ireland will come together to celebrate the official launch of Northern Ireland Humanists at an event at Belfast Castle. Confirmed speakers include Northern Ireland Humanists patrons comedian Tim McGarry and astronomer Professor Stephen Smartt, as well as British Humanist Association (BHA) Chief Executive Andrew Copson and […]

BHA responds to Commission on Religious Education, calling for inclusive and impartial education in all types of school

Education about religions and beliefs in all types of school, including ‘faith’ schools, should be inclusive, balanced, and impartial, the British Humanist Association (BHA) has said in a submission to the Commission on Religious Education. The Commission was launched in July by the Religious Education Council of England and Wales, of which the BHA is […]

Humanists in England and Wales call for legal humanist weddings as Scottish Parliament officially recognises humanist ceremonies for marriage provision in law

Thousands of humanists in England and Wales have been calling on the Government to give legal recognition to humanist weddings this Valentine’s Day, while in Scotland the Scottish Parliament has officially recognised Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) as the first non-religious organisation with a permanent right in law to conduct legal marriages under the 1977 Marriage […]

Illegal ‘faith’ schools reportedly given more than £100,000 in public funding

Unregistered ‘faith’ schools suspected by the Government as operating illegally have received more than £100,000 in public funding, it has been reported.   Freedom of information requests submitted by The Independent found that £116,750 of Big Lottery Fund money has been awarded to seven strictly Orthodox Charedi Jewish schools that feature on a Government list […]

Incoming Today programme editor calls for humanists to be included on Thought for the Day

Take action! You can use our handy tool write to the Chair of the BBC Trust to call for inclusion of non-religious perspectives in Thought for the Day. It only takes two minutes to do so. Sarah Sands, the next editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, has called for humanist contributions to be permitted […]

2,000 attend BHA Darwin Day Lecture on ‘cosmic natural selection’ given by Lawrence Krauss

Theoretical physicist Professor Lawrence Krauss wowed an audience of close to 2,000 people over two nights as part of a series of events celebrating Darwin Day from the British Humanist Association (BHA). Titled ‘Cosmic natural selection’, Krauss’s Darwin Day Lecture marked fifteen years of BHA lectures commemorating the life and work of Charles Darwin, and was as […]

Conservative MPs propose compulsory Relationships Education in English schools

A group of Conservative MPs, as well as some from Labour and other parties, has proposed making Relationships Education a compulsory subject in English schools, meaning that from September schools could be required to teach children about issues such as sexual harassment, consent, healthy relationships, and pornography for the first time. The proposals, spearheaded by […]

Is humanity heading back to the dark ages? Professor Maggie Smith gives first ever Leeds Darwin Day Lecture

Professor Maggie Smith, a leading molecular microbiologist at the University of York, addressed a room full of humanists and science enthusiasts in Leeds on Wednesday night for the first ever Darwin Day Lecture organised by the British Humanist Association (BHA) in the city of Leeds. As with past Darwin Day Lectures, Smith’s took evolution as […]

New Northern Ireland Humanists patron: Professor Stephen Smartt

Northern Ireland Humanists has announced the appointment of Professor Stephen Smartt, director of the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, as its newest patron. As well as becoming a patron of Northern Ireland Humanists, Professor Smartt joins over 150 other entertainers, public figures, and intellectuals who are patrons of the British Humanist Association (BHA). […]

Humanists and religious adherents urged to look ‘beyond the divide’

A book launch in central London tonight for Professor Richard Norman and Dr Anthony Carroll’s new book Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide will bring together an audience of humanists and religious adherents interested in promoting mutual tolerance and understanding. The event, which has been organised by the British Humanist Association (BHA) as part of its dialogue work […]

Major new BHA report: school inspections ‘almost totally neglect’ PSHE and SRE

The teaching of personal, social, health, and economic education (PSHE) and sex and relationships education (SRE) in English schools is being ‘fatally neglected’ by inspectors, a major new report by the British Humanist Association (BHA) has revealed – with the subject receiving much less attention than any other. The Government has recently resisted making PSHE […]