I support this campaign. There is too much segregation in life. As we live together so we grow through sharing and understanding not by reinforcing a faith or belief or one set of values. Children from all faith and belief backgrounds should be educated together and allowed to develop their own beliefs independently and within the rich communities in which we all have to live.
Lord Cashman CBE
Faith schools contribute to the fragmentation of our education system and the religious segregation of pupils. This is not conducive to social integration, cohesion and equal opportunities for all. That's why I'm supporting the 'No more faith schools' campaign. I want to see an education system that is free from religious control and that brings together pupils from all backgrounds and beliefs.
Peter Tatchell, Human rights campaigner
I wholeheartedly support the No More Faith Schools campaign. Education should level the playing field despite background and give access to the latest advances in science and human progress and encourage freethought and inquiry whilst religion contradicts and/or discourages all of the above. Children are not extensions of their parents but individuals with human rights. Why must they be divided and segregated based on their parents’ beliefs when no such divisions are acceptable when it comes to parents’ race, sexuality or political opinions. An end to faith schools would mean that we finally see our children as citizens and not as the property of their parents and that we as a society value them more than any faith or belief.
Maryam Namazie, Human rights campaigner
In today’s society, it is more important than ever that our children can enjoy a diverse and fair education, and have the chance to learn from each other’s differences. The National Secular Society’s No More Faith Schools campaign is an important step in this direction and provides a platform for those who want an inclusive education to show their support for that.
Dan Snow, Historian, broadcaster and television presenter
I am a political secularist - I believe the State should adopt a level playing field when it comes to religious belief. Even many religious people now recognise that the State funding of religious schools involves giving special privileges to religious communities that are not afforded to the rest of us. This is unjust, anti-democratic, and should stop.
Stephen Law, Philosopher and author.
I believe that whilst, as a society, we have a debt of gratitude to religious bodies for setting up schools hundreds of years ago that those that manage education in the UK today recognise that the UK is now not a religion-based society. Parents should choose a non-religious school wherever they can and if they can't take up that failing their MP. Children should understand that religion in the world is a net negative influence and never ceases to be the source of trouble, discord, and intolerance. Decent people, whilst respecting others' freedom of choice and speech, should now be 'talking down religion' and discouraging its supporters from doing so. Less, not more, religion in the world community is preferable.
William, from EXETER
I really do believe faith schools are an antiquated nonsense. If a fifth lane on the M3 was created, and the Church (C of E) contributed 2% towards its construction, it would be considered outrageous if you were subsequently only allowed to drive in that lane if you had a fish on the back of your car. Frankly I do not see any difference between the above ridiculous scenario (which would clearly never happen) and the current system of faith schools that we do have. Faith schools should be banned immediately. Ed Danson.
Edward, from TWICKENHAM
Faith schools are divisive and discriminate. Time to move to a fully universal and inclusive education for all.
Peter, from SOUTH LONDON
I was brought up in a religious faith but am now an atheist, as is my wife and both our children. However, our children and grandchildren have been obliged to attend strict faith (RC) schools simply because of the lack of an alternative in the area. Whilst many faith schools may be excellent in many ways, they are ultimately divisive of communities: they maintain and propagate religious division which underpins prejudice and bigotry. Religious observance should be a matter of informed choice, not something which is forced on children, and education should promote inclusion and tolerance in order to build a society which is not marred by division and hatred on religious lines.
Ed, from LANCASTER
Like alot of our friends of our generation alot of us are of atheist or more spiritual than religious, yet when my daughter came of school age there was no local schools within a reasonable distance to send my daughter that are not religious. all 3 of the schools locally are CofE, so we opted to send her to our most local which is the main school for our town, but after attending a few school assemblys felt even more sick about sending here there but we have no choice as we are not a well off family, but the way they brainwash children about 'god' i even had my daughter call me a liar for not believing that Jesus is the son of god. i don't mind children being taught about faith, and the more different cultures and religions the better so they are more understanding and embracing, but also the way they are taught about other faiths as a us and them way deeply troubles me.
Lana, Newton Abbot
Posted: Wed, 15 Dec 2021 11:30
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Posted: Thu, 23 Sep 2021 11:26
When families are assigned faith schools they don't want, left with no choice or locked out of local...
Parent’s perspective: My daughter has to take Catholic-centric RE – at the expense of other subjects
Posted: Wed, 04 Aug 2021 09:26
My daughter's Catholic school says RE is required for all students, undermining her choices elsewhere....
Posted: Fri, 04 Jun 2021 09:36
While faith based inspections of state schools continue, headteachers will continue to play a game which...
Head’s perspective: Church inspections impeded efforts to promote inclusivity and an honest education
Posted: Wed, 19 May 2021 10:33
Our local Church of England diocese used an anachronistic faith-based inspection regime to push its own...
Posted: Tue, 06 Apr 2021 15:06
After decades of experience as a headteacher and local adviser I became convinced that faith schools...
Parent’s perspective: Playing the faith school admissions game would teach my children the wrong lessons
Posted: Fri, 05 Feb 2021 08:42
Almost all the places at the school my daughter wants to attend are reserved on a religious basis. Jumping...
Posted: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 11:27
We were unprepared for how strongly a Catholic school would push religion on our child, says Natassa....
Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 09:55
By giving special weight to RE, my son's C of E faith school has restricted his options elsewhere, says...
Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2020 10:01
Local faith schools' selective policies have created an unseemly competition for places, leaving parents...