This isn’t the time to end the right to withdraw from RE in Wales

The Welsh government is considering removing the parental right to withdraw from religious education. Alastair Lichten argues that despite potential benefits, reforms don’t go far enough to justify ending this longstanding right.

The Welsh government is consulting on plans to remove the parental right to withdraw from Religious Education, to be renamed Religions and Worldviews. We want every pupil to have the same entitlement to high quality, non-partisan education about worldviews, something the right to withdraw can seem to undermine. Withdrawal from RE has long been a source of contention, it is something of an anomaly and can be problematic.

The ‘NSS articles’ category contains links to my opinion pieces, written while a campaigns officer or head of education for the National Secular Society, before June 2022. You can read the full original of this article here >>>

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