Parents win right to prayer-free alternative to religious assemblies | World news

Two parents who challenged compulsory religious worship in school assembly have won the right for a secular alternative for their children. A Church of England multi-academy said it would allow the children to withdraw from the assembly and prayers, it was confirmed on Wednesday. The Oxford Diocesan schools trust said a small number of pupils would be provided with alternative materials overseen by a teacher, instead of having to take part in collective worship. The trust had been facing a…

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Parents launch court action over Christian school assemblies | Education

A couple who say their children are being religiously indoctrinated during Christian school assemblies are to launch a high court challenge. Lee and Lizanne Harris will say in a judicial review claim in the autumn that Burford primary school in Oxfordshire made their children take part in Christian prayers and watch re-enactments of Bible stories including the crucifixion. The couple withdrew their children from the assemblies but say the school refused to provide a meaningful alternative of equal educational worth.…

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