End compulsory worship in schools – petition
Though an increasing proportion of the UK population has no religious faith, or has a faith other than Christianity, children are still expected to participate in collective worship that is “broadly Christian” at their morning assemblies. Successive education ministers have said that they’d review the situation, yet done nothing about it. Now even the National Governors’ Association has said that a religious assembly every day should be scrapped because they are “meaningless” in a multicultural society, and the Church of England’s head of education, The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev John Pritchard, agrees.
The National Secular Society has written a petition calling for a change in the law, aimed at the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Minister for Education. They say,
Removing the legal requirement would in no way restrict the ability of schools to hold assemblies that address a whole range of topics, including faith and belief. Neither would it prevent schools with a religious ethos from holding acts of worship, but it would put that choice into the hands of head teachers.
If you want a state education system with no compulsion to worship, please join us in calling for end to compulsory collective worship in schools.
Please click here to sign it, and ask your friends to sign it.