About us

No More Faith Schools is a national campaign dedicated to bringing about an end to state funded faith schools. We help people challenge new faith schools, particularly where they have discriminatory admissions rules and where there are proposals for inclusive alternatives.

The campaign was launched by the National Secular Society to give a clear voice to the majority of people who are opposed to state funded faith schools; people and organisations of all different political and religious/non-religious beliefs.

Parents who want to be able to send their child to their local school without preaching or discrimination. Teachers who want to apply for jobs they're qualified for regardless of their faith/belief. People of all different walks of life who oppose the discrimination and division wrought by faith schools. This campaign helps these people make their voices heard.

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

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 children.

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.

We work by:

  1. Educating the public, policy makers and politicians on issues related to faith schools
  2. Promoting national and local activism to oppose faith schools
  3. Highlighting the stories of real people affected by faith schools and a lack of inclusive schools

The campaign was launched and coordinated by the National Secular Society, which campaigns for the separation of religion and state and equal respect for everyone's human rights, so no one is either advantaged or disadvantaged because of their beliefs.

Tax-payer funded schools discriminating against parents and their children for not obeying a set of conditions dictated by the leaders of organised religions is both abhorrent and unfair. All state funding for such schools should be withdrawn.

A Supporter, Warrington

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