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Sunday Herald: Scrutiny needed in schools–Edinburgh Secular Society

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Opinion piece by Sunday Herald.

RELIGION in non-denominational schools is a sensitive matter. (View online here)

Recent claims that only 20% of parents feel adequately informed about their right to remove children from church services or assemblies have, for example, prompted calls for the rules governing religious observance to be changed. But non-religious parents will not be the only ones to be alarmed by evidence suggesting that some ­evangelical groups are ­providing volunteer helpers. Edinburgh Secular Society says these groups encourage members to offer support to teaching staff, or provide services such as outdoor education centres.

These volunteers may be well-intentioned and it is perhaps understandable that, with tightened budgets, headteachers are grateful for additional support and resources. However, religious education is supposed to be ­regulated according to nationally agreed guidelines, and it is important that teachers and local authorities are aware of what is going on within their premises.

Recent events at Kirktonholme Primary School in East Kilbride should alert us to the need for vigilance. An inquiry is under way there into West Mains Church of Christ’s involvement in school activities, after books denouncing the theory of evolution were handed out to pupils. Given that some evangelical groups hold contentious views on issues such as homosexuality or the validity of science, all parents will want to know what their children are being told. The fact that a West Mains Church of Christ preacher had been helping out at Kirktonholme for eight years before questions were asked raises doubts as to whether the involvement of religious organisations in Scottish schools is being adequately monitored.

Religious Clarity: Norman Bonney writes in The Scotsman

 

The furore in a South Lanarkshire school that has led to the banishment of members of the Church of Christ from the chaplaincy and volunteer roles in the school and the reassignment of the head and deputy head to other duties with the local education authority (your reports) raises numerous issues.

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Prof AC Grayling shares his thoughts on secularism with Edinburgh Secular Society

Edinburgh Secular Society is grateful for AC Grayling’s support.

Kate Smurthwaite shares her thoughts on secularism with Edinburgh Secular Society

We are very grateful to Kate for sharing her thoughts with us.

Schools Chaplaincy exposed by Edinburgh Secular Society

Times Educational Supplement for Scotland have, after been given exclusive access to a detailed report from Edinburgh Secular Society, run the following article.

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The full report represents around one year of research by the Edinburgh Secular Society team.

The full report ‘Evidence of Evangelical Christian Organisations Targeting & Accessing Scotland’s Non-denominational Schools’  will become available in the Documents & Resources section at 4pm.

See the full article below:

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Edinburgh Secular Society featured in the Herald

This interesting column by the Herald’s education editor, Andy Denholm, references Edinburgh Secular Society.

The ESS campaign has enjoyed a lot of press coverage, not surprising given the blatant undemocratic element of compulsory religious reps.

View online here.

Letters from the Scotsman

An interesting set of letters in the Scotsman discussing Edinburgh Secular Society’s decision to publish a list of unelected religious reps in Scotland.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/letters/a-secular-faith-1-3013271

Support for Edinburgh Secular Society from the Scotsman

An interesting piece from Hugh Reilly at the Scotsman, very supportive of the ESS position on Education Committee Reps.

Edinburgh Secular Society is delighted that this contentious issue is finally being given due consideration.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/hugh-reilly-schools-faith-policy-away-with-fairies-1-3010026

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