Atheism UK campaign for the abolition of compulsory Collective Worship.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) held its 72nd Session on 17 May 2016 – 03 Jun 2016. In July 2016, the CRC reported on Freedom of thought, conscience and religion in the UK. The report recommended that the Government repeal collective worship.
The Committee was:
“concerned that pupils are required by law to take part in a daily religious worship which is “wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character” in publicly funded schools in England and Wales, and that children do not have the right to withdraw from such worship without parental permission before entering the sixth form. In Northern Ireland and Scotland, children do not have right to withdraw from collective worship without parental permission.” (para 35)
The United Nations CRC Committee recommends that the UK Parliament:
“repeal legal provisions for compulsory attendance at collective worship in publicly funded schools and ensure that children can independently exercise the right to withdraw from religious worship at school.” (para. 36)
Documents Reviewed by UN Committee
72nd Session CRC UK Mission
- UK Attendees – officials from Department for Education, Department of Health, Ministry of Justice, Home Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
UK Organisations campaigning to abolish Collective Worship
Reports calling for abolition of Collective Worship
- Collective Worship and Religious Observance in Schools by Arts & Humanities Research Council (2015)
- The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life, by Elizabeth Butler-Sloss (2015)
- Charles Clarke and Linda Woodhead (2015)
- National Governors Association (2014)