The Commission on Religious Education (CoRE) Final Report: Religion and Worldviews: the way forward. A national plan for RE, has been published. It sets out a National Plan for RE comprising of 11 recommendations, and calls on the Government to consider and adopt it.

Atheism UK Council will update our policy on RE in the light of the CoRE report.

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Atheism’s sole object is the advancement of atheism. Our ultimate goal is the end of faith – the false and irrational belief that God exists – and of religion, the social manifestation of faith. The world would be a better place without them. We aim to achieve this by opposing the propagation of faith.

The most substantial propagation of faith is from parent to child. Whilst this cannot be interfered with directly in a free society, it can be modified by education of both parent and child.

Religious education in schools is one of our main areas of concern. Schools stand in loco parentis, in a real (not just a legal) sense. And, today’s children are tomorrow’s parents.

We will campaign for the abolition of:

* aspects of RE should still be taught within History, Geography & Citizenship curricula.

Our report, Religious Education in State Schools (2010) makes recommendations which emphasise a “bottom-up” reform, under which parents and schools are encouraged to exploit the existing law. This action may, in itself bring about changes in government and LEA policy and hasten changes in the law.

We have policies on the following:

Further policies are in the course of development, particularly in relation to Faith Schools.

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Religious_Education_img_545We adopt a ground-breaking approach to the state-sponsored propagation of faith.

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  1. Richard G

    Hello June

    You are absolutely right. Thank you for pointing this out. I have amended the document accordingly and will post a separate article on the position in Scotland once I have had the opportunity to research the statutes.

    Best wishes

    Richard Green

  2. June Maxwell

    Congratulations on your new organisation. I hope it goes well for you. I would like to make a brief comment.

    When posting articles about education in schools, do you think you could please make it clear which country (within Britain) you refer to. I say this because the situation in Scotland is very different to that in England and what applies to you does not apply to us. At the Humanist Academy, Scotland, we have worked very hard with our local schools and education authorities and we have already produced a curriculum course on secular ethics and Humanism to counter any religious courses being taught. Our course has been available to every secondary pupil in Scotland for over a year now and is proving popular. Plus, we are now working on a more advanced course.

    So up here the situation is less dire than south of the border, but we still have to keep our eye on everything and HA is busy doing so.

    Again, good luck with your new venture.

  3. lt_zippy2

    …and the Alpha Course going into schools and proselytizing, THIS HAS GOT TO STOP, AND STOP NOW!

    Sorry for shouting but this is something I feel strongly about!

    ..and as an ex-teacher, if I was still in the classroom and they came along I would have shut and locked the door to keep them out!

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