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The British Humanist Association employs the only campaigner working full time in opposition to the state funding of ‘faith’ schools and against religious discrimination in admissions, employment and the curriculum. Since May 2011 this Campaigner has been Richy Thompson, and he also leads the BHA’s policy work on evolution and creationism, religious education, PSHE and sex and relationships education and collective worship.

We need your help in order to be able to continue to employ our campaigner through 2015.

More than a third of state-funded schools in England and Wales – over 7,000 schools – are religious schools, and their numbers have risen dramatically in recent years. These schools are able to discriminate in their admissions policies, only admitting pupils of one denomination or one faith when oversubscribed. They are able to refuse to employ someone in any subject – whether maths, PE or even science – because of their religion or lack of belief. And they typically teach that one particular faith is true and all other beliefs are false. And yet they are virtually entirely funded by the state.

What we want to see is every school being fully inclusive of all pupils, parents and staff, regardless of their religion or belief, with young people growing up in diverse, harmonious school environments, leading them to support diverse, harmonious communities.

Key successes this year include:

Further successes include:

  • Yet again getting a ruling from the Information Commissioner against the DfE, ordering it to release at a formative stage the names and religions of groups applying to set up Free Schools
  • Responding to 25 consultations, including DfE consultations on science and history A Levels, the Key Stage 4 Science national curriculum, school transport guidance, new school admissions code, independent inspectorates, independent school standards (‘British values’), management of independent schools, and funding of creationist/alleged extremist nurseries; the Welsh Government’s Curriculum for Wales call for evidence; the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission call for evidence; the Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s report on school admissions; the Education Select Committee’s inquiries into Academies and Free Schools and PSHE and SRE; five consultations as part of the Religious Studies GCSE and A Level criteria reference group; Labour Party consultations on the middle tier and teachers; the Liberal Democrats equalities consultation; the All Party Parliamentary Group on RE’s inquiry into community cohesion; A Better Future for Our Schools; and the Compass/NUT education inquiry.
  • Generating extensive media coverage for the BHA’s campaigns work, including on the front pages of The Times and The Telegraph, and two lead segments on Newsnight
  • Encouraging Tristram Hunt to call for a review of the place of religion in education, and both the National Governors’ Association and Bishop of Oxford to support scrapping collective worship in schools with no religious character
  • Publishing exposés of the activities of Birmingham’s Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education, Chapel St, the Oasis Academies chain and others
  • Instigating debates, getting questions asked, and briefing MPs and peers on matters to do with ‘faith’ schools and education in Parliament
  • Supporting hundreds of parents and carers whose children have faced issues with 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, the Religious Education Council and supporters of the Fair Admissions Campaign on matters of shared interest and concern

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 kept in a restricted fund and spent on BHA education campaigns.

If you’re a UK taxpayer, please 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.

We think Richy’s achievements this year speak for themselves – they show why his work is so important, and the concrete results that your contributions result in. Please donate today to enable us to continue to employ him. Thank you.

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British Humanist Association

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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.

Donations 593

Donation by Anonymous on 25/02/15

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good work.

Donation by Danny Bernheim on 23/02/15

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Have you considered commissioning an online humanist course as an RS opt out?

Donation by Gordon Jones on 19/02/15

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Donation by Anonymous on 14/02/15

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Good luck, you're doing important work

Donation by Hick on 12/02/15

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To have knowledge and understanding of the different views on religion demands it is studied in school just like any other subject matter.

Donation by Julia Jarrold on 10/02/15

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Donation by Anonymous on 08/02/15

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Crazy in this day and age that in many areas parents have no choice but to send their children to a "faith school". Keep up the good work Richy.

Donation by Kevin Manley on 06/02/15

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Faith school = cultural division & cloak racism. Children from different cultures won't integrate if sent to faith schools. Taxes must not fund indoctrination of future fanatics of any denominination.

Donation by Anonymous on 06/02/15

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We will only succeed in building a true modern multicultural society when we end tribalistic segregation, encourage tolerance and respect of differences, and teach children facts rather than fictions.

Donation by Bruce Greenwood on 06/02/15

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I believe faith schools are inherently divisive. There is no place for them in a modern, secular society.

Donation by John Vaudin on 04/02/15

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Donation by Anonymous on 03/02/15

Donation by Mel Harvey on 02/02/15

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Donation by Anonymous on 01/02/15

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Donation by Anonymous on 27/01/15

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Too much mumbo-jumbo religious bigotry being taught in schools these days. Time to rid our society of such nonsense now that we have science and cant be kept in the dark superstitious world any more

Donation by Russ C on 27/01/15

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This really is disgraceful. its discriminatory. Thanks for drawing my attention to it

Donation by Andy S. on 26/01/15

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Donation by Anonymous on 26/01/15

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Donation by Anonymous on 21/01/15

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Britain has sleepwalked into this horrific situation. It is staggering how many MPs and councillors support or simply ignore the issues. Keep up the important work, BHA.

Donation by Lawrence on 22/01/15

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Donation by John pilsbury on 21/01/15

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Donation by Anonymous on 19/01/15

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Donation by Peter Klaver on 18/01/15

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Donation by George Crabb on 16/01/15

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keep up the good work of ensuring that our schools are free from dogma and irrational myths and superstitions

Donation by Terry on 16/01/15

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