Tag Archives: education

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Ep 63: Christian education challenged in court – a Northern Ireland case

A ground-breaking case on the right to a pluralistic education in Northern Ireland is currently being considered by the High Court.

Full shownotes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/12/ep-63

Derk Venema and Tanya Watkins

Ep 55: Pastafarianism and the meaning of ‘religion’

A spoof religion devised to mock creationism has attracted a global following. But what does ‘religion’ mean anyway?

With Derk Venema (03:20), Tanya Watkins (28:35), and Tony Meacham (43:17).

Full shownotes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/08/ep-55

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Schools aren’t there to save the church – Opinion Out Loud Ep 012

Opinion Out Loud brings you a selection of the National Secular Society’s opinion pieces in audio format.

The Church of England’s new evangelical missional strategy should lead us to question its entitlement to proselytise in schools, argues Stephen Evans.

Read this original opinion piece: https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2021/07/schools-arent-there-to-save-the-church

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Parents’ religious wishes must not trump children’s safety and education – Opinion Out Loud Ep 009

Opinion Out Loud brings you a selection of the National Secular Society’s opinion pieces in audio format.

Every child has been withdrawn from sex education classes at an independent faith school. Megan Manson says the parental right of withdrawal is incompatible with children’s right to an education that keeps them safe.

Read this original opinion piece: https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2021/05/parents-religious-wishes-must-not-trump-childrens-safety-and-education

Ep 48: Challenging the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Lloyd Evans was an elder in the Jehovah’s Witnesses, before he left the organisation in 2013. He has since been campaigning to expose its workings to the public.

Full shownotes and subscriber information:  https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/04/ep-48

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Ep 47: Blasphemy in the classroom: The Batley Grammar case

This episode is about Batley Grammar School’s decision to suspend and investigate a teacher for using a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad in an RE lesson on blasphemy.

Full shownotes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/04/ep47

Ep 36: Faith-shaped holes in the Equality Act

Baroness Lynne Featherstone joins the podcast to discuss the tenth anniversary of the Equality Act 2010, the Act’s significance and the problems caused by continuing religious privilege, as covered in a recent NSS report.

Full show notes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2020/10/ep36

Ep 28: RE in Wales: a chance for fundamental change

How much progress will the Welsh government make with its proposed reforms to RE? In this episode, Emma Park speaks to Stephen Evans, CEO of the NSS, and Alastair Lichten, head of education, for an update.

Encouragingly the subject’s name is to be changed to ‘Religion, Values and Ethics’, to reflect a more pluralistic and critical approach. But the proposed abolition of parents’ right to withdraw their children is more concerning. Faith schools will still be able to teach RVE ‘in line with the tenets of their faith’, but will be obliged to offer a secular alternative if parents expressly choose it.

Do these proposals go far enough? And should religious education continue to be a separate subject that is compulsory for all students up until 16? Join Emma and her guests for comment and analysis.

Follow Emma on Twitter: @DrEmmaPark

Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD2syE26heQ&feature=youtu.be

Transcripts: https://www.secularism.org.uk/transcripts


NSS response to RVE proposals in Wales: https://www.secularism.org.uk/21st-century-re-for-all/rve-wales.html

Will Wales lead the way in reforming RE? – Stephen Evans, 2 June 2020: https://medium.com/@stephen.evans_42820/will-wales-lead-the-way-in-reforming-re-415cf3049fa6

Should lessons on sex and religion take parents’ wishes into account? –– Emma Park, 12 March 2020: https://life.spectator.co.uk/articles/should-lessons-on-sex-and-religion-take-parents-wishes-into-account/

NSS podcast, Episode 17: RE in Wales: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2019/10/ep-17-thought-for-the-day-re-in-wales

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