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Parliamentarians call for legal humanist marriages in England and Wales

In a new report published today All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) Co-Chairs Crispin Blunt MP and Baroness (Joan) Bakewell have called for legal recognition to be extended to humanist marriages in England and Wales. The report follows an inquiry of the Group conducted over the last three months, into the barriers to such recognition, […]
Richy Thompson. May 24, 2018, 7:40 am

Research reveals schools with greater ethnic diversity encourage social cohesion

New research has revealed that schools that are more ethnically diverse lead to greater social cohesion between children of different ethnicities. The study of 4,000 Year 10 pupils in 96 English state schools was conducted by the University of Bristol and the London School of Economics and focused on children who are white British, Asian […]
Jay Harman. May 22, 2018, 3:34 pm

Discrimination law protects non-religious as well, says workplace regulator

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), the public body overseeing workplace policy and conduct, has published new guidance for employers on religion and belief discrimination in the workplace. Humanists UK, who fed into the revision process for this new guidance, has today welcomed this publication, which provides much clearer advice for employers on the […]
Rachel Taggart-Ryan. May 22, 2018, 1:24 pm

Welsh Government announces major overhaul of Relationships and Sexuality Education

The Welsh Government has announced today a major overhaul of sex and relationships education, renaming the subject Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE), making it compulsory in schools from age five, and ensuring it is fully LGBT inclusive. The change comes following a review of the subject published last year and will be implemented by 2022 […]
Jay Harman. May 22, 2018, 10:51 am

Humanists UK requests equality impact assessment of Government faith school plans

Humanists UK has written to the Department for Education (DfE) requesting details of what, if any, equality impact assessment the DfE carried out before deciding to allow new fully segregated faith schools to open by the back door. Following more than a year of campaigning by Humanists UK, the Government announced this month that it […]
Jay Harman. May 21, 2018, 4:06 pm

SDLP reaffirms anti-abortion stance but moves to allow elected representatives conscience vote

The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) held a special conference today to allow its membership to vote on a two questions around abortion. The first vote was to reaffirm its position as an anti-abortion party, and this was upheld. However the second vote was to give elected representatives the right, for the first time, […]
Richy Thompson. May 19, 2018, 5:17 pm

Private faith school still open after being failed seven times in eight years

A private faith school in London has been graded ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted after inspectors found that it teaches ‘a narrow curriculum’, ‘prepares pupils inadequately for their future lives’, and prevents pupils from learning about ‘culture, belief and lifestyles beyond their own community’. The report stated that ‘leaders continue not to ensure that all the independent […]
Jay Harman. May 18, 2018, 2:31 pm

Guernsey votes against legalising assisted dying

The States of Guernsey Assembly has today voted against proposals to grant legal recognition to assisted dying. The proposals, which were brought forward by Chief Minister Gavin St Pier and were supported by Channel Islands Humanists and Humanists UK, were defeated by 24 votes to 14. Had the vote passed, the States of Guernsey would […]
Richy Thompson. May 18, 2018, 1:12 pm

Justin Welby: disestablishment ‘a decision for parliament and the people’

In an interview with the Guardian, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said that disestablishment of the Church of England would not be ‘a disaster’ for the Church, and is ‘a decision for parliament and the people’. He also said that ‘I don’t think [disestablishment] would make it easier [for the Church], and I don’t […]
Liam Whitton. May 18, 2018, 12:46 pm

Humanists UK and Humanist Society Scotland announce strategic partnership

Humanists UK and Humanist Society Scotland have formed a new strategic partnership to govern how the two charities work together and to foster closer ties. The two organisations have long worked together closely to promote humanism and help people be more fulfilled in the one life they have, and the agreement announced today cements that […]
Richy Thompson. May 17, 2018, 11:01 pm