British Humanist Association

British Humanist Association
     
The British Humanist Association is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity.
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    • Response to 10 Things You Won’t Believe About Faith Schools:
      British Humanist Association

      Hi Mel, We’ve put up a longer version of this article that goes through the various issues in more detail - including on inspections and on employment. We’re sorry that you felt disappointed by the Buzzfeed piece and hope that the fuller version is better. But to respond to your two points: 1. The law plainly states that denominational education cannot be inspected under section 5. Ofsted do sometimes look at RE as part of its overall assessment of teaching and learning but cannot look at the subject specifically or the claims being made in it, which is really the point. 2. It’s good to hear that you got were able to get a job at a Catholic school over a Catholic candidate. But as set out in the fuller article, the advice from the Catholic Education Service is plainly to give practicing Catholics preferential consideration.

    • Response to 10 Things You Won’t Believe About Faith Schools:
      British Humanist Association

      Hi Brian, The headline refers to the general concept of faith schools and what they can legally do within the law; the article itself is careful when introducing points not to say that 100% of schools do these things. While not all schools abuse these legal privileges, the same the religious bodies concerned have consistently resisted attempts to bring faith schools in line with standard community schools on these issues.  Non-religious beliefs in the context of RE would mean non-religious life stances, such as Humanism. Many religious schools refuse to include non-religious perspectives in RE (as they are not legally compelled to), although they are recommended to do so by the national RE curriculum framework.

    • Response to 10 Things You Won’t Believe About Faith Schools:
      British Humanist Association

      Hi Mel, All the points made in this article are factually correct. If your local school or schools you know aren’t doing any of these things, then that’s wonderful. In which case, the religious groups concerned won’t mind if the law is changed. As it stands, the Catholic Church for example lobbies to ensure that everything currently allowed, as shown above, continues to be allowed within the law.

    • Response to 10 Things You Won’t Believe About Faith Schools:
      British Humanist Association

      Hi Melanie, All the things we’ve pointed out in this post are true, and if they’re not happening at your local school or in instances know of, that is wonderful. The law can be changed sooner then without resistance from the religious groups in question. However, the Catholic Church lobbies to keep all the things currently allowed, shown above, in the law.