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

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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.

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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

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Is Northern Ireland set to move away from religious segregation in schools?

Posted: Wed, 06 May 2020 10:46 by Chris Sloggett

The idea that children should be educated together regardless of their religious background is gaining...

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Discrimination, inconvenience, unfairness: The harm caused by faith school admissions

Posted: Fri, 24 Apr 2020 11:22 by Chris Sloggett

Recent examples from ombudsman reports demonstrate the absurdity of prioritising pupils for admissions...

Rachel Woods

Make Northern Ireland’s schools integrated and secular, say MLAs

Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 10:31 by Chris Sloggett

Members of NI's legislative assembly from a variety of parties have called for children to be educated...

Testimonials

Our Supporters

State-sponsored superstition should have no place in the education of children, who should be left to make up their own minds on the basis of the evidence they see around them. Education should inspire rational thought and display the pleasures of deep understanding; it should not propagate the social poison of divisive dogma.

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Peter Atkins, Writer and former Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford

In our increasingly diverse society, we need to foster an environment of understanding between our differing communities. If we do not allow our children to encounter people and ideas that are different to their own, they may well never come to understand that we all have some common values. By encouraging segregation for whatever reason, we create a them and us atmosphere that can only seriously limit any chance of social cohesion.

Carrie-Ann, Stoke Newington

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