Assemblies for all: A new inclusive alternative to collective worship

I’m pleased to see Humanists UK take this common sense approach to challenge religious based collective worship which is supposed to be followed by schools – Yes I realise that many of them don’t/find a way around it.

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Humanists UK say – Schools wanting to deliver inclusive assemblies instead of collective religious worship can now access a groundbreaking new resource featuring hundreds of inclusive assemblies.
Assemblies for All is a brand-new project by Humanists UK providing schools and teachers access to more than 200 high-quality, inclusive assemblies which welcome all pupils regardless of their religious or non-religious background.

The assemblies have been developed by organisations such as Amnesty International, WaterAid, and the BBC, covering themes such as the environment, physical and mental health, arts and culture, and religious and secular holidays.

Teachers can now draw upon hundreds of assemblies that are not acts of collective worship and which do not seek to promote one particular religion or belief, offering truly inclusive and welcoming assemblies to their pupils.

I hope the resource offered above will be of interest to teachers and that they will want to follow it up.

Religion in Schools – Time for a fundamental change

I can’t be doing with religious teaching in schools of whatever kind.

Surely we are grown up enough in 2016 to leave youngsters to decide for themselves, when they are old enough, if they want to be religious and if so what religion they want to follow.

Schools are for teaching children life and employability skills not for indoctrinating them to believe whatever religious beliefs their parents may hold.

By all means, as part of broadening the minds of young people, teach them what the major religions of the world believe in and why, but also teach them about Humanism and Atheism too. That way they can go out into the world with clear and open minds adopting or not adopting a religion as they see fit.

National Governors’ Association: Abolish Christian assemblies

Laws requiring schools to hold a religious assembly every day should be scrapped because they are “meaningless” in a multicultural society, according to The National Governors’ Association (NGA). The NGA said the 70-year-old legislation – requiring pupils to take part in a “broadly Christian” act of daily collective worship – should be abolished in non–religious schools amid concern that the rules are no longer fit for a 21st-century education system. In a policy statement, the group said schools often failed to meet the requirement because staff were “unable or unwilling” to lead pupils in prayer and schools struggled to accommodate large numbers of children in one hall.

From The Daily Telegraph

Amen to that I say! It is not the job of schools to meddle in religion. As I have said before having or not having a religion is in this day and age one of personal choice. It should not be handed down in a family, preached at school or be any part of Government.

I don’t have a religion but I support the right of others to have one of their choice. But please let’s disestablish the Church of England and put it on the same footing as all other religions – it’s time to move on and this statement from the NGA is a welcome step in the right direction.

Thanks to the LGiU for the lead to this article.