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‘Faith Schoolers Anonymous’: Whistle-blowers’ shocking details about life in UK ‘faith’ schools

May 16th, 2016

In a series of shocking revelations marking the launch of Faith Schoolers Anonymous, a new service for pupil whistle-blowers, bloggers from a range of ‘faith’ schools have shared their experiences of the education they received. Their accounts reveal instances of abuse, discrimination, and flagrant violations of the law. The site, which launches today, describes itself […]

Peers critical of Government ban on BHA helping parents challenge unlawful school admissions

May 12th, 2016

In a debate in the House of Lords yesterday afternoon, parliamentarians once again voiced their opposition to the Government’s proposed ban on civil society organisations raising concerns about schools’ unlawful admission arrangements. The British Humanist Association, whose joint report with the Fair Admissions Campaign (FAC) published last year revealed that virtually all religiously selective schools […]

Boy told he can’t ride bus to school with other children because he doesn’t go to church

May 11th, 2016

A pupil in Telford has been told that he cannot ride a council-run bus to school along with his classmates because ‘he’s not Catholic’, it has been reported. The bus serves the Holy Trinity Academy in Priorslee, which was opened in 2015 jointly by the local Roman Catholic and Anglican dioceses, and despite the bus […]

BHA launches new website providing free resources to help RE teachers teach about Humanism

May 10th, 2016

The British Humanist Association has launched Understanding Humanism, a new website of education resources designed to help young people learn about Humanism. This follows last year’s High Court ruling that non-religious worldviews must be included in Religious Education (RE) on an equal footing with religion. Humanism is a non-religious and ethical life stance shared by […]

Head teachers vote to end parental right of withdrawal from RE

May 6th, 2016

The National Association of Head teachers (NAHT) has passed a motion calling for an end to the right of parents to withdraw their children from Religious Education (RE) in schools, citing concerns over the ‘divisiveness’ of such opt outs and the way they are sometimes used by parents in order to shield their children from […]

Sir Harry Kroto (1939–2016)

May 4th, 2016

The British Humanist Association (BHA) reacted with sadness this weekend to news that its patron of many years, Professor Sir Harry Kroto, had died. Harry began life in Cambridge in 1939, the child of German refugees fleeing the horrors of war. He spent his childhood further north, in Bolton, before deciding to study chemistry at the University […]

Judge upholds ban on private religious school admitting new pupils

May 4th, 2016

A private religious school in north London has lost its appeal against a Department for Education (DfE) order banning it from admitting new pupils until the standard of education it provides is improved. Beis Aharon in Stamford Hill was previously criticised by Ofsted for not providing sufficient teaching in ‘secular subjects such as English, history, […]

Wales Humanists engage in upcoming elections

April 28th, 2016

Where do the parties stand on key issues of concern to humanists? Today Wales Humanists are publishing a table giving an overview of their views on issues of concern to their members and supporters, ahead of the upcoming National Assembly for Wales election. Wales Humanists put 7 questions to the various parties last month, and […]

Northern Ireland Humanists engage in upcoming elections

April 28th, 2016

Where do the parties stand on key issues of concern to humanists? Today Northern Ireland Humanists are publishing a table giving an overview of their views on issues of concern to their members and supporters, ahead of the upcoming Northern Ireland Assembly election. Northern Ireland Humanists put 8 questions to the various parties last month, […]

Humanist weddings continue to surge in number, bucking national trend

April 28th, 2016

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has called for legal recognition to be given to humanist weddings across the UK, as new national marriage figures in England and Wales show that marriages overall have declined in number at the same time as non-legal humanist weddings have surged in popularity. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has […]

Ofsted Chief alerts Education Secretary to gender segregation in private religious schools

April 27th, 2016

The Chief Inspector of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw has written to the Education Secretary to raise his concerns about the gender segregation of staff and governors within private religious schools in England. Specifically, Sir Michael notes that his inspectors ‘continue to find that staff are being segregated because of their gender in Muslim independent schools’, […]

BHA announces new, low-cost £79 tickets to Annual Conference 2016

April 25th, 2016

The British Humanist Association (BHA) today announced new ‘Conference Extra’ tickets for its 2016 Annual Conference in Birmingham over the weekend of 10-12 June. Priced at just £79, or £49 for students, these ticket provide reduced-cost entry to all the highlights of the summer weekend in Birmingham. Conference Extra delegates will join the almost 400 other delegates throughout […]