Why the Education (Assemblies) Bill should become law

In a guest post, Russell Sandberg comments on the Education (Assemblies) Bill, which is due to have its Third Reading debate in the Lords tomorrow. 

The Education (Assemblies) Bill will receive its Third Reading in the House of Lords on 8 December and would provide a welcome modernisation of an area of law that is badly outdated. The current law on religious worship is out of date and there have long been concerns that the letter of the law is not followed in many schools.

The Current Law

The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 provides that State schools without a religious character in England and Wales are required to provide a daily act of collective worship. This need not be at the beginning of the day and separate acts of worship may be provided for pupils in different ages or school groups. Continue reading