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The British Humanist Association employs the only campaigner working full time against ‘faith’ schools and their discrimination in admissions, employment and the curriculum. Since 2011 this Campaigner has been Richy Thompson, and he has been leading the national campaign on these vital issues as well as working on other areas of concern such as evolution and creationism, sex education, religious education and collective worship in schools.

We need your help to raise the money to pay for our campaigner’s salary and employ him for another twelve months.

One-third of state-funded schools (over 7,000) are ‘faith’ schools, and their numbers have been rising. These schools have broad ability to discriminate on the basis of religion, with many parents, pupils and teachers falling victim for the system. How can it be right for a four year old child to be refused entry to a state funded school because their parents are of no religion or of the wrong religion?

Instead we would like to see an inclusive education system where every child and teacher is equally able to join a school’s community regardless of their religious or non-religious beliefs.

Things we have achieved over the last year include:

·         Working hard to help launch the Fair Admissions Campaign, a new, widely supported joint campaign that opens up all state-funded schools to all children, without regard to religion. Successes include new research revealing how socio-economically selective ‘faith’ schools are, including the worst offenders, and getting the Schools Adjudicator to order the London Oratory School to rewrite its admissions criteria – Richy wrote our submissions.

·         Forcing the Government to publish a list of all groups applying to set up Free Schools, after defeating it at the Information Tribunal – Richy again wrote our successful submissions.

·         Securing evolution on the new primary national curriculum for the first time and as required to be taught in Free Schools through our ‘Teach evolution, not creationism’ campaign.

·         Responding to a staggering fourteen curriculum consultations since last summer, including the national curriculum review, the PSHE Review, the RE subject review, the Labour Party’s review of the curriculum and other consultations on qualifications reform. Topics covered include evolution, creationism, sex and relationships education, the scientific method, religious education, collective worship and history.

·         Supporting local campaigns in Richmond, Solihull, Surrey, Dagenham, Lancashire, Hammersmith and Fulham and elsewhere.

 

Further successes include:

·         Generating significant media debate around the issue of ‘faith’ school admissions after we took a disappointingly unsuccessful judicial review against a new school because it was highly religiously selective – the first time this has ever happened.

·         Identifying and highlighting schools which continue to have section 28-like sex and relationships education policies, causing the UK and Welsh Governments to launch investigations.

·         Submitting further evidence to the BHA-triggered European Commission investigation into UK ‘faith’ school employment policies.

·         Continuing to oppose creationist and other pseudoscientific groups in gaining state funds to run schools and nurseries.

·         Extensive media coverage including getting the BHA front page coverage on The Independent and i as well as on the Today and Sunday programmes and BHA campaigns covered on Daily Politics and Question Time.

·         Instigating debates and asking questions on ‘faith’ schools and education in Parliament.

·         Supporting hundreds of parents and carers whose children face issues issues around school admissions, collective worship, religious education, sex and relationships education, evolution and creationism.

·         Working with other organisations such as the Accord Coalition, Sex Education Forum, Education For Choice, the Religious Education Council and supporters of the Fair Admissions Campaign on matters of shared interest and concern, as well as representing the BHA’s point of view.

Donations will be used to ensure we can employ our dedicated campaigns officer for another year and fund his campaigning activities. If any money is donated beyond our target, this will be spent on BHA education campaigns.

If you’re a UK taxpayer, please do also indicate that the BHA can claim Gift Aid on your donation so that we can reclaim 25p tax from HMRC for every £1 you donate.

Richy’s work is of vital importance in order to ensure every child is equally accepted by their local school, regardless of his or her parents’ religious or non-religious beliefs. His contributions to the Fair Admissions Campaign and elsewhere are necessary to realise this goal. Please donate today to enable us to continue to employ him.

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The BHA is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity.

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Keep up the good work

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Donation by Anonymous on 21/04/14

Religious schools equals division

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Keep up the great work

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Religion, what has that ever taught us.

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I need to help end this ridiculous situation :(

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Against superstitious indoctrination

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You are doing great work. All beliefs that are pushed should be examined, especially ones that influence and change behaviour and attitudes based on faith alone.

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Thanks for coming and talking to us Richy, good luck furthering the campaign!

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This is important work.

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Your work, Richy, will enable more students to decide for themselves.

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