Parents say religious worship is least appropriate activity for school assemblies, new poll reveals

Humanists UK, which last week announced it is backing Lee and Lizanne Harris who are taking a legal challenge over their children’s school assemblies, says the poll shows the need to change the law, which currently mandates that every state school in England and Wales holds a daily act of worship. reports.

The YouGov poll of 1,613 British adults asked: ‘Currently, state schools are required by law to hold an assembly every day. Which of the following do you think would make for appropriate topics or activities for such assemblies?’

Humanists UK Chief Executive Andrew Copson commented: ‘The law requiring religious worship is way out of step with public opinion and the wishes of most parents who think it is inappropriate for school assemblies. Instead, people want assemblies to focus on building mutual respect, big ethical issues, and celebrating achievement. It’s time for government to change the law.’

See what 13 topics and activities were rated. Parents say religious worship is least appropriate activity for school assemblies, new poll reveals 

What do you think of the results? Do you agree with them? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin


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