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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 […]

More individuals hacked to death in Bangladesh as Islamists broaden their hit list

April 25th, 2016

Two more individuals have been hacked to death by Islamists in Dhaka today. Xulhaz Mannan, the editor of Roopbaan, Bangladesh’s only LGBT magazine, and Tanay Fahim, another LGBT activist, were murdered and a third person injured after three men posing as couriers entered Mannan’s apartment and attacked them. The murders follow on from the death at the weekend […]

Religiously selective schools that shun poorer pupils celebrated on DfE award shortlist

April 25th, 2016

The Department for Education (DfE) has named three religiously selective schools on its shortlist of schools that are in the running for this year’s Pupil Premium Award, despite the fact that all three take far fewer children eligible for free school meals than they should given the local area they are situated in. The British […]

BHA sounds alarm about shocking increase of religious influence through academies in response to Education Committee inquiry

April 25th, 2016

In response to a House of Commons Education Committee inquiry on multi-academy trusts (MATs) in England, the British Humanist Association (BHA) has repeated its concerns about the rise of ‘faith ethos’ academies, and also warned that the conversion of over two thousand local authority maintained ‘faith’ schools into church-run academies could lead to an unprecedented […]

BHA mourns its patron, Lord Peston

April 25th, 2016

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has reacted with sadness to the news that its patron, Lord Peston, had died aged 85. Maurice Peston was a renowned economist who founded the economics department at Queen Mary College, London, where he retained the title of Emeritus Professor of Economics. He was also an advisor to numerous government departments and Secretaries of State […]

Northern Ireland Humanists calls for integrated education to become inclusive of all faiths and none

April 22nd, 2016

In response to a call for evidence from the Department of Education in Northern Ireland on the growth and development of integrated education, Northern Ireland Humanists has argued that integrated schools should become fully inclusive, not just of those from Catholic and Protestant backgrounds, but of those from minority religious and non-religious backgrounds too. The […]