1.15 Different types of secularism (part 3) –The Secular Charter


This resource is aimed at older students who have already explored different approaches to secularism and the key questions which secularism seeks to address. The stimulus and exercises use the example of the NSS Secular Charter to explore how different secularists translate basic principles into approaches to some of the biggest issues involving the relationship between religion, individuals and society.


Politics | Religion & Belief Education | Citizenship | SMSC

Key questions

  • What is secularism?
  • How do secularists think about decisions?
  • What are religious privilege, tolerance and discrimination?

Learning outcomes


Students should demonstrate they can:

  • Explore an example of a mainstream approach to secularism in the UK.
  • Offer basic criticisms of this approach.


In addition to the basic learning outcomes, students should demonstrate they can:

  • Extrapolate how an approach to secularism would impact on the role of religion in society and the rights of others.
  • Offer criticisms of this approach which draw on a range of examples and outside sources.

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