Collective worship & RE

Most humanists feel that enforced worship has no place in schools but that Religious Education  – when taught well and with reference to ethics and non-religious viewpoints – can be a very important part of children’s education.

We share the grave concerns of the Humanists UK and National Secular Society about the role of religion in our state-funded education system and in particular:

  • the demand that each school has a daily active of collective worship
  • the number (and influence) of ‘faith’ schools that can discriminate on religious grounds both in terms of admissions and employment.

There are also concerns about issues such as the growing number of religious-based free schools and the risk of creationism being taught.

Every parent has the right to remove their child from collective worship and/or Religious Education.

Humanists UK has a useful page of FAQs for parents and also teachers.