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No more segregation. No more discrimination. No More Faith Schools.

No more segregation. No more discrimination.
No More Faith Schools.

No More Faith Schools is a national campaign dedicated to bringing about an end to state funded faith schools.

Faith schools have a negative impact on social cohesion, foster segregation of children on social, ethnic and religious lines, and undermine choice and equality. They also enable religious groups to use public money to evangelise to children.

This campaign is a platform for everyone who wants to see an inclusive education system, free from religious control.

If you think children from all faith and belief backgrounds should be educated together and allowed to develop their own beliefs independently, join us in saying No More Faith Schools.

Together we can build an inclusive education system today, to ensure an inclusive society tomorrow.

Sign the National Petition

No More Faith Schools

Petition to the Education Secretary (and the education ministers of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales): Please support an inclusive education system, free of religious discrimination and proselytization, with No More Faith Schools.

Faith School Myth Buster

Myth 1

“Faith schools give parents greater choice”

The existence of faith schools actually restricts choice for many parents.

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Myth 2

“Faith schools achieve better results”

The evidence on this is weak, but nothing suggests there's something magical about a 'faith ethos' when it comes to academic success. Where church schools do achieve marginally better results, it is usually down to faith-based selection which also leads to social selection which unfairly benefits middle class and better-off parents.

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Myth 3

“Faith schools are better at teaching children morals”

The teaching of basic morals is not solely the domain of faith schools. All schools teach children basic values such as honesty; integrity; compassion; tolerance; and many others. There is no evidence that faith schools do it better.

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Myth 4

"Faith schools are necessary to protect parents’ religious freedom"

The state has a duty to provide schools and to respect parents’ religious freedom. The case law is clear that this doesn’t create a duty to provide faith schools.

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Myth 5

“Faith schools don’t do any harm – why not just let them be?”

Faith schools build division into society and undermine religious freedoms. The harms vary depending on how aggressively they push their religious ethos.

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Myth 6

“We are a Christian country, so therefore it is only right that we have Christian schools that teach our Christian values”

It’s hardly true to say that 21st century UK is a “Christian country.” Meanwhile many majority-Christian countries don't have state faith schools.

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Myth 7

“Children can just opt out of religious activities at faith schools”

Opting children out and excluding them isn’t ideal, as well as being both actively and passively discouraged by many faith schools. It’s far better to ensure all aspects of the school day are inclusive of all pupils.

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Myth 8

“Church schools are for everyone”

Despite all of its talk of 'inclusivity' the Church of England appears increasingly keen to turn the schools it runs into places of worship. It fails to understand that there's more to inclusivity than not having a discriminatory admissions policy.

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Myth 9

“Faith schools help to relieve the burden on the state by funding our children’s education”

The vast proportion of funding for faith schools comes not from the religious body, but from the state. It comes from your taxes.

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Myth 10

“We’re stuck with them”

Not at all. A growing number of groups and individuals are campaigning for the end to faith schools. We believe the abolition of state-funded faith schools is not only an achievable goal, but an absolute must if the UK is to be a country where people of all backgrounds and all walks of life can coexist peacefully, and where individual liberty of belief and expression is respected.

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News & Opinion

Academy trust warned over faith school's inadequate standards

Academy trust warned over faith school's inadequate standards

The government has warned an academy trust it will lose its funding if a faith school in Birmingham does...

Faith schools significantly limit choice for many parents, NSS finds

Faith schools significantly limit choice for many parents, NSS finds

Almost three in ten families in England live in areas where most or all of the local primary schools...

Adjudicator: faith schools may insist families are strictly religious

Adjudicator: faith schools may insist families are strictly religious

England's schools adjudicator has said it is "reasonable" for two state-funded Orthodox Jewish schools...

Testimonials

Our Supporters

The societal division of state education can hardly be said to be in the wider public interest.

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Crispin Blunt, Conservative MP

The Scottish Secular Society strongly supports the NSS "No More Faith Schools" campaign. At a time when social cohesion is a matter of great concern, it is folly to increase the amount of separation between different faith communities by segregating children according to parental affiliation. In many parts of England, faith schools already dominate to the point where parents (and pupils) find themselves with no option other than schools whose religious identities they do not share. It is not the case that the specific ethos of faith schools is universally shared; if it were, they would not need to be labelled as distinct faith schools. In our diverse society, it is an imposition on taxpayers, half of whom do not even identify themselves as members of a religion, to be forced to subsidise the indoctrination of children with beliefs that they do not themselves subscribe to. Finally, problems have already arisen within schools of more than one religion because of the influence of extremist doctrines denying evolution, despite the fact that in England the importance of evolution is recognised in the curriculum from the primary level onwards. For all these reasons, we consider that the further expansion of faith schools will work against intellectual independence and good community relations, contrary to the interests of schoolchildren, and of the wider community of which they are part.

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Professor Paul S. Braterman, Science adviser to Scottish Secular Society

Write to Your MP

Lobby your MP on this issue using the form below. The template letter can help you get started, please take the time to personalise it. As education is a devolved issue, you may wish to also contact your assembly member/MSP.

Write your MSP, AM or local councillors.

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