The Mirror is reporting that state schools in Brent in north London are now allowed to provide multi-belief assemblies.
All state funded non-faith schools in Britain are required to provide a daily act of worship that must be ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’.
The only exception for locally maintained schools exists when a special committee of the local authority grants a school dispensation to provide another form of daily worship.
Brent Council’s committee – known as a Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) – has decided to promote multi-belief assemblies.
It says they should draw on material and practice that hold special meaning from different religions and non-religious views.
Chair of the judging panel, Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain MBE, said: “Society may be Christian-based but is multi-faith with many also of no belief-system, and so uniform worship should no longer be compulsory for our educational system.
“The current worship laws are unpopular and prevent schools from providing an inspiring programme of assemblies that are truly inclusive of all staff and children.
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