The requirement to hold collective worship in schools is crumbling and not worth saving

After two parents forced a school trust to provide an alternative to religious assemblies for their children, Alastair Lichten says the law which requires schools to hold acts of worship needs to change.

Last month the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust reached a settlement with two parents, Lee and Lizanne Harris, over the way their children’s school interpreted its legal duty to provide daily collective worship and a right to withdraw. The school, Burford primary, is a community ethos academy; so it’s not a faith school. As part of the settlement the trust, which is part of the Church of England, agreed that the school would provide a meaningful inclusive alternative for pupils withdrawn.

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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