worship which must be Christian in nature currently and could be seen as discriminating against different religions.
The government’s insistence on collective worship/religious observance in schools in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland started in 1945 and have been seen as controversial by many ever since. The law states that schools must provide daily acts of religious observance in Scotland, that faith schools must provide worship for their specific religion, and that non-faith schools religious observances should be broadly Christian in nature.
However a recent report conducted by the University of Leicester called for a rethinking of the rules in light of the UK becoming more and more multicultural. The report discussed how the right of minority groups are not being respected (including non-religious people), that the current collective worships do nothing to promote spiritual or moral growth or a sense of community spirit. The report also addressed the fact that many parents are completely unaware that they could opt their children out or worshipping. This comes after the Chief Inspector of Schools for England alerted the government to the 76% of secondary schools who were breaking these collective daily worship rules in 2004. Despite this report the Department of Education current stance is that the collective worship encourages children to reflect on belief, and helps shape fundamental British values of tolerance, respect and understanding for others.
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