Repeal requirements for Collective Worship and Religious Education in Schools

Repeal Sections 69 – 71 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (and any other related legislation) which require religious education and acts of collective worship in schools.

Faith or no faith in religion should be left to the individual, not the state, their parents, teachers or anyone else. People (and especially children) should be free to discover the wide range of beliefs that are and that have been held throughout the history of human civilization.

The law allows for exemptions where the parent requests, but religion should be a personal choice where someone is not predisposed towards something based on the content of their religious education at school.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal Sections 69 – 71 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (and any other related legislation) which require religious education and acts of collective worship in schools.

Faith or no faith in religion should be left to the individual, not the state, their parents, teachers or anyone else. People (and especially children) should be free to discover the wide range of beliefs that are and that have been held throughout the history of human civilization.

The law allows for exemptions where the parent requests, but religion should be a personal choice where someone is not predisposed towards something based on the content of their religious education at school.

repeal the law that demands collective worship in schools

Rrepeal of the legislation requiring acts of worship in schools, and changes in legislation to give schools much more flexibility about how they conduct assemblies, with schools offering space for optional worship for those who want it.

Why is this idea important?

Rrepeal of the legislation requiring acts of worship in schools, and changes in legislation to give schools much more flexibility about how they conduct assemblies, with schools offering space for optional worship for those who want it.

Remove “faith schools” from our education system

Faith schools should not be funded by the taxpayer.  State and privately funded institutions should be governed by the same educational standards and not able to 'opt out' when it suits them.  The teaching of RE in any school should not be allowed to be used as a platform for religious proselytising by groups with very specific agendas.  Treat RE as a subject like any other with the same standards and subjected to the same rigorous and regular inspections.  

 

Why is this idea important?

Faith schools should not be funded by the taxpayer.  State and privately funded institutions should be governed by the same educational standards and not able to 'opt out' when it suits them.  The teaching of RE in any school should not be allowed to be used as a platform for religious proselytising by groups with very specific agendas.  Treat RE as a subject like any other with the same standards and subjected to the same rigorous and regular inspections.  

 

remove daily collective worship from non-faith schools

I think daily collective worship in non-faith schools leaves young people without access to their right to freedom of believe as its usually christian worship (what about the other religions).  I am an atheist and believe this is indrocination of my children. Also how come they know nothing of evolution yet when its scientific fact,

Why is this idea important?

I think daily collective worship in non-faith schools leaves young people without access to their right to freedom of believe as its usually christian worship (what about the other religions).  I am an atheist and believe this is indrocination of my children. Also how come they know nothing of evolution yet when its scientific fact,

Repeal the legal requirement on state maintained schools in England and Wales to practice ‘daily collective worship’ of a ‘broadly Christian character’

Under statute law, guided by Department for Education guidance in the form of Circular 1/94 (Circular 10/94 in Wales), state maintained schools in England and Wales must provide 'daily collective worship' of a 'broadly Christian character'. The only exception to this are religious schools for which such worship is required but may be in line with the particular faith of that school. This law should be repealed immediately and non-religious state funded schools should have no requirement on them to facilitate worship which is, after all, a private and not a public matter. This in no way affects schools's opportunities or obligations to teach children about religion and faith issues, which is a matter of education and not preaching or worship.

Why is this idea important?

Under statute law, guided by Department for Education guidance in the form of Circular 1/94 (Circular 10/94 in Wales), state maintained schools in England and Wales must provide 'daily collective worship' of a 'broadly Christian character'. The only exception to this are religious schools for which such worship is required but may be in line with the particular faith of that school. This law should be repealed immediately and non-religious state funded schools should have no requirement on them to facilitate worship which is, after all, a private and not a public matter. This in no way affects schools's opportunities or obligations to teach children about religion and faith issues, which is a matter of education and not preaching or worship.

Repeal the legal requirement on state maintained schools in England and Wales to practice ‘daily collective worship’ of a ‘broadly Christian character’

Under statute law, guided by Department for Education guidance in the form of Circular 1/94 (Circular 10/94 in Wales), state maintained schools in England and Wales must provide 'daily collective worship' of a 'broadly Christian character'. The only exception to this are religious schools for which such worship is required but may be in line with the particular faith of that school. This law should be repealed immediately and non-religious state funded schools should have no requirement on them to facilitate worship which is, after all, a private and not a public matter. This in no way affects schools's opportunities or obligations to teach children about religion and faith issues, which is a matter of education and not preaching or worship.

Why is this idea important?

Under statute law, guided by Department for Education guidance in the form of Circular 1/94 (Circular 10/94 in Wales), state maintained schools in England and Wales must provide 'daily collective worship' of a 'broadly Christian character'. The only exception to this are religious schools for which such worship is required but may be in line with the particular faith of that school. This law should be repealed immediately and non-religious state funded schools should have no requirement on them to facilitate worship which is, after all, a private and not a public matter. This in no way affects schools's opportunities or obligations to teach children about religion and faith issues, which is a matter of education and not preaching or worship.

Scrap the legal requirement for schools provide daily collective worship for their pupils

All state maintained schools are legally required to provide daily collective worship for their pupils, and so all school pupils are currently legally obliged to undertake an act of worship each school day, regardless of their own beliefs. Although there are opportunities to opt out of this, this is only allowed if requested by the parents. This leaves young people without access to their right to freedom of belief.

I am strongly in favour of inclusive school assemblies, which can help to build shared values and a sense of community. I oppose acts of collective worship in school, since these exclude many, and believe that the parental right of excusal is not a proper solution.

Why is this idea important?

All state maintained schools are legally required to provide daily collective worship for their pupils, and so all school pupils are currently legally obliged to undertake an act of worship each school day, regardless of their own beliefs. Although there are opportunities to opt out of this, this is only allowed if requested by the parents. This leaves young people without access to their right to freedom of belief.

I am strongly in favour of inclusive school assemblies, which can help to build shared values and a sense of community. I oppose acts of collective worship in school, since these exclude many, and believe that the parental right of excusal is not a proper solution.

no act of worship

As a retired secondary headteacher I wish to record my concern that the Daily Act of Worship in schools remains on the Statute book after so many years and continues to present an issue for heads and managers of so many schools. Our present multicultural society is dramatically different from the 'perceived' society of the 1930's and 40's, for which the 1944 Education Act was designed. The notion of a daily, formal Act of Worship for all pupils, with prayers and hymns, is anathema to most educationists ( and certainly to most secondary pupils ) and runs counter to our philosophies of education. Most headteachers believe in the importance of sharing life experiences with all the students, encouraging reflection on core values and building a sense of community within the school. This can be achieved partially through assemblies, which should remain as an integral part of the school's week. Religious Education remains an important part of the curriculum and that is where religious issues are best discussed.

Because the daily  Act of Worship is technically still 'law', its none-appearance in school assemblies can be challenged by individuals whose religious convictions feel that it should be complied with and who are determined to identify those schools who appear to be deliberately flouting the law. That is what happened to me, and it placed the LEA and other heads and Governing bodies in a very difficult postion.

 

Surely it is time to remove this requirement entirely, which is probably more honoured in the breach than in the observance in any case.

Why is this idea important?

As a retired secondary headteacher I wish to record my concern that the Daily Act of Worship in schools remains on the Statute book after so many years and continues to present an issue for heads and managers of so many schools. Our present multicultural society is dramatically different from the 'perceived' society of the 1930's and 40's, for which the 1944 Education Act was designed. The notion of a daily, formal Act of Worship for all pupils, with prayers and hymns, is anathema to most educationists ( and certainly to most secondary pupils ) and runs counter to our philosophies of education. Most headteachers believe in the importance of sharing life experiences with all the students, encouraging reflection on core values and building a sense of community within the school. This can be achieved partially through assemblies, which should remain as an integral part of the school's week. Religious Education remains an important part of the curriculum and that is where religious issues are best discussed.

Because the daily  Act of Worship is technically still 'law', its none-appearance in school assemblies can be challenged by individuals whose religious convictions feel that it should be complied with and who are determined to identify those schools who appear to be deliberately flouting the law. That is what happened to me, and it placed the LEA and other heads and Governing bodies in a very difficult postion.

 

Surely it is time to remove this requirement entirely, which is probably more honoured in the breach than in the observance in any case.

End the requirement for compulsory collective worship in schools

It is right and reasonable that schools should teach pupils about the major religions, to help them better understand the society in which we live. However, the requirement for all state schools to perform a "broadly Christian" act collective worship every day is no longer reasonable in the 21st century. Religious worship is a private matter that parents may teach their children if they wish, but it has no place in the state school system.

Even if a group of non-religious parents wanted to start a school that did not force religious worship on children (which is exactly the sort of "big society" idea that the government supports), under current legislation they would be unable to.

I urge the government to abolish the requirement for collective worship as soon is is practically possible.

Why is this idea important?

It is right and reasonable that schools should teach pupils about the major religions, to help them better understand the society in which we live. However, the requirement for all state schools to perform a "broadly Christian" act collective worship every day is no longer reasonable in the 21st century. Religious worship is a private matter that parents may teach their children if they wish, but it has no place in the state school system.

Even if a group of non-religious parents wanted to start a school that did not force religious worship on children (which is exactly the sort of "big society" idea that the government supports), under current legislation they would be unable to.

I urge the government to abolish the requirement for collective worship as soon is is practically possible.

Scrap collective worship

Collective worship prior to morning assembly which I had to ask my parents to absolve me from makes an assumption that most children are Christian and Church of England.

Why is this idea important?

Collective worship prior to morning assembly which I had to ask my parents to absolve me from makes an assumption that most children are Christian and Church of England.

Collective worship in schools

Dear sir

I think that you should scrap the law that says that all schools must hold an act of (broadly Christian) collective worship every day because:

•    It forces young people to pray or worship in other ways, regardless of their personal beliefs
•    It does not respect children’s and young people’s rights to freedom of religion or belief
•    It does not recognise the plurality of beliefs in the UK
•    The system whereby you can opt your child out of religious worship is deeply flawed in theory and practice
•    Under 16s can’t opt-themselves out without their parents’ permission

 

Tony Ireland

Why is this idea important?

Dear sir

I think that you should scrap the law that says that all schools must hold an act of (broadly Christian) collective worship every day because:

•    It forces young people to pray or worship in other ways, regardless of their personal beliefs
•    It does not respect children’s and young people’s rights to freedom of religion or belief
•    It does not recognise the plurality of beliefs in the UK
•    The system whereby you can opt your child out of religious worship is deeply flawed in theory and practice
•    Under 16s can’t opt-themselves out without their parents’ permission

 

Tony Ireland

Abolish compulsory collective worship in schools

It forces young people to pray or worship in other ways, regardless of their own beliefs

It does not respect children's and young people's rights to freedom of religious belief

It does not recognise the plurality of beliefs in the UK

The system whereby you can opt your child our of religious worship in deeply flawed, leaving those children feeling odd

Under 16s can't opt themselves out without their parents permission

Inclusive assemblies are a better alternative and contribute more to well being and development

Why is this idea important?

It forces young people to pray or worship in other ways, regardless of their own beliefs

It does not respect children's and young people's rights to freedom of religious belief

It does not recognise the plurality of beliefs in the UK

The system whereby you can opt your child our of religious worship in deeply flawed, leaving those children feeling odd

Under 16s can't opt themselves out without their parents permission

Inclusive assemblies are a better alternative and contribute more to well being and development

collective worship in schools

Compulsory collective worship in schools should be abolished. It is contrary to the human rights of pupils and staff. Religion and worship should be an individual's private business, not the business of state or public institutions like schools. They should be secular.

Why is this idea important?

Compulsory collective worship in schools should be abolished. It is contrary to the human rights of pupils and staff. Religion and worship should be an individual's private business, not the business of state or public institutions like schools. They should be secular.

religion in schools

No school should be required to have a daily assembly, with a religious element. Even so called faith schools should not be allowed to emphasise one faith over another, or no faith but be required to inform children of the history and culture of various faiths, encouraging them to commit to a set of beliefs when they reach an age mature enough to do so. Assemblies should be a place to consider social responsibility and morality unfettered by any religious constraints

Why is this idea important?

No school should be required to have a daily assembly, with a religious element. Even so called faith schools should not be allowed to emphasise one faith over another, or no faith but be required to inform children of the history and culture of various faiths, encouraging them to commit to a set of beliefs when they reach an age mature enough to do so. Assemblies should be a place to consider social responsibility and morality unfettered by any religious constraints