As British society considers how to respond to greater religious diversity and growing irreligiosity, it is become increasingly important for children and young people to develop their understanding of the interaction between religion, society, and politics. The study of secularism explores precisely this interaction, and raises significant questions about how we balance freedom of, and from, religion with other rights.
The Exploring Secularism resources aim to provide teachers with the material they need to ask these questions in an informed way. It is not intended as a manifesto of answers, but instead a means by which to encourage pupils to explore a range of views and to develop their own perspectives.
These resources are for anyone wishing to explore issues of religion, belief, ethics, and worldviews in school, whether in citizenship or religious education, in assembles or as part of promoting British values. By engaging with secularism, teachers will help pupils to improve their critical thinking skills, as well as their capacity to constructively debate and discuss some of the most challenging issues of the day.
In making Exploring Secularism part of your studies, you and your students will join a long tradition of people from all faiths and none, of artists, authors, politicians and philosophers, who have all grappled with these debates.
A guide for teachers
Exploring Secularism: A guide for teachers - This guide sets out the principles behind all of our resources and offers advice and a secularist perspective on the key questions.
As secularists, we have a particular viewpoint on these questions, but whatever your perspective, these questions are relevant to anyone with an interest in religion and belief.