Humanism is a non-religious approach to life which the Religious Education Council of England and Wales recommends be studied in schools as an example of a ‘non-religious worldview’. Humanists UK supports a broad and balanced education for all young people and recognises the value of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of students. We feel the opportunity for children to learn about both religious and non-religious beliefs and values is essential if we are to foster social cohesion and respect for all. All children deserve guidance on ways to discover truth, meaning, and happiness in their lives, and how to judge the difference between right and wrong. Humanists UK school speakers can contribute to this development in primary and secondary schools by increasing students’ awareness and understanding about Humanism. Using their life experience and knowledge, they can help to bring an added dimension to the classroom by helping children and young people think about issues from a different perspective.
In the North West of England we have a number of trained School
Speakers available to support the schools in their presentation about
non-religious world views.
Feedback – Clitheroe Grammar School.
Rating 5 out of 5. “A clear and coherent
presentation, which was not dismissive of religious faith but which focused
more on the positive values of humanism. I liked Keith’s emphasis on how
humanists can work alongside people of religious faith for the benefit of all
humans in both local communities and the wider world.”
Feedback – St Wilfrid’s CofE Academy
Rating 5 out of 5. “Keith prepared a detailed presentation on the meaning of Humanism for our Year 7 students and included his own personal experiences and how he came to be a humanist. Hearing his own personal experiences and views was really helpful for our students and something that we aren’t able to offer from a ‘textbook.’ Keith planned for enough time for students to ask questions and he answered them all thoroughly with his extensive knowledge on some ‘big’ questions. His communication prior to visiting was excellent and he brought with him a range of leaflet resources for the school and to share with students. Thank you for allowing our students to be part of such a insightful and positive experience.”