Atheism could now be taught in schools
Atheism could now be taught in schools after a High Court ruled against the Education Secretary for taking non-religious world views out of a new Religious Studies GCSE.
Since changes were made to the subject in February, religious leaders have raised concerns about the GCSE giving different priority to different religions.
The families in the case argued schools would interpret this to mean they would not have to include non-religious views, including humanism, in teaching.
Mr Justice Warby ruled there has been a breach of duty in reflecting the religions and non-religions practiced in the UK after the education secretary claimed the subject would cover the state's legal duty to provide religious education.
As a result of the ruling, which only applies to non-faith schools, the Department for Education said it will now decide whether to appeal the decision.
A Department for Education spokesman said: “Our new Religious Studies GCSE ensures pupils understand the diversity of religious beliefs in Great Britain through the study of more than one religion, an important part of our drive to tackle segregation and ensure pupils are properly prepared for life in modern Britain.
“It is also designed to ensure pupils develop knowledge and understanding of both religious and non-religious beliefs."
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