British Humanist Association

Humanism in schools project

This project will ensure that teachers are able to access trained volunteers to enable them to deliver unbiased and inclusive lessons for all children and young people to enable them to be successful learners, confident individuals, and responsible citizens.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (285987)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£5,200

Amount raised

£9,321

Donations

116

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • OtherOther

    Helping

Location

  • It was really interesting and useful to meet people from different faiths, particularly of the Bah'ai and Humanism groups.

    — Student at dialogue event on religions and beliefs

  • One discussion at lunch today between N and C was about how you gave them a different perspective on life - deep thoughts from 10 year olds.

    — Year 6 Teacher

  • “I had been an atheist and freethinker for a while but I had no idea there was an organisation that shared my views."

    — Stephen, BHA member

  • “I had been an atheist and freethinker for a while but I had no idea there was an organisation that shared my views."

    — Stephen, BHA member

  • One discussion at lunch today between N and C was about how you gave them a different perspective on life - deep thoughts from 10 year olds.

    — Year 6 Teacher

  • It was really interesting and useful to meet people from different faiths, particularly of the Bah'ai and Humanism groups.

    — Student at dialogue event on religions and beliefs

Situation

Many teachers, especially those who deliver personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), citizenship, and religious education (RE), rely on external organisations and the expertise of volunteers to ensure that they deliver comprehensive lessons for their students. As well as this, all schools have to deliver 'spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, yet many teachers would value extra support for including non-religious perspectives.

Solution

We are training expert volunteers to work directly with teachers to enable them to confidently develop and deliver high-quality lessons and assemblies that include Humanism and non-religious perspectives. We are creating high-quality resources, developed with teachers, trialled in the classroom, and linked to the curriculum and National Framework, and training and support for humanist school volunteers.