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  1. The Sunday Times reports this morning that Education Secretary Damian Hinds has confirmed that he will go ahead with proposals to drop the 50% cap on faith-based admissions at religious free schools. If true, the decision means that all new and existing religious free schools can seek to admit children from only one religion, leading to entirely […]
  2. A religious organisation responsible for overseeing a number of state, private, and nursery schools in England has instructed its institutions to continue teaching creationism as fact in spite of requirements that prohibit such teaching. Humanists UK, which ran the ‘Teach evolution, not creationism’ campaign that led to teaching creationism as science being outlawed in English […]
  3. New Zealand Justice Minister Andrew Little has confirmed that he will ask the country’s Law Commission to review the country’s abortion laws with a view to potentially removing the procedure from criminal law. Humanists UK, which campaigns for the decriminalisation of abortion in the UK as part of the We Trust Women coalition, has welcomed […]
  4. The Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC) has stated that pupils will fail to filter out stereotypes that contribute to religious discrimination or even bigotry if pupils don’t receive high quality education about religions and beliefs. The call comes as the REC has published new figures showing a shortage of new RE teachers […]
  5. The Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey have both announced intentions to introduce an opt-out register for organ donors, similar to the one in place in Wales since 2015. This follows on from announcements in 2017 by the UK and Scottish Governments that England and Scotland will both be adopting this approach. Humanists UK has welcomed […]