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Education

School Support

North East Humanists have a team of experienced school speakers who have all been trained by Humanists UK. We are available to come into schools to lead  assemblies, teach lessons, or contribute to inter-faith events. We can offer general introductions to Humanism or focus on particular issues. To do this, our speakers draw on a rich range of materials provided by Humanists UK as well as other sources and our own experiences. Rest assured that we are not anti-religious. We happily work with people of various faiths and we are sensitive to the values and beliefs of pupils, teachers, and other adults. We concentrate on our own beliefs without denigrating those held by others, although we are critical of beliefs and practices which infringe human rights. Several of our speakers are also Humanist celebrants for baby namings, weddings, and funerals.

If you want to arrange a speaker, please email us at education@northeast-humanists.org.uk.

Teaching children and young people about Humanism is usually planned as part of the religious education (RE) programme in schools. Humanism has been an optional part of RE for over a decade, during which time guidance and support for teaching about it has increased significantly.

The Commission on Religious Education (2018) made clear that the curriculum should include non-religious world views, with Humanism given as a major example. So, Humanism is increqasingly built into the requirements of Agreed Syllabuses.

In conjunction with this, our education team works with teachers, offering professional development and guidance.

We have prepared Additional Guidance for Humanism for teachers of RE, in support of the Agreed RE Syllabus in Durham 2020. This Additional Guidance has also been adapted for North Tyneside and could be useful for teachers following other syllabuses. The guidance covers KS1 to KS4 and is designed to be readily usable by teachers. Most of the resources referred to in the documents are from the Understanding Humanism website. Direct links are provided in the texts.

 

Additional Guidance for Humanism in support of the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Durham (v1.10) (click to download)

Additional Guidance for Humanism in support of the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in North Tyneside (v1.7) (click to download)

 

One additional document is freestanding and is provided separately: Discover and Explore Humanism at KS1/2 (click to download)

 

We have also developed a PowerPoint presentation to introduce all of these materials, which you can see here:

Additional Guidance for Humanism NEH Introduction PPT (v1.1) (click to download)

We also recommend this book as a fantastic resource for young people to learn about Humanism. It is called What is Humanism? How do you live a good life without god? And other Big Questions for Kids, written by Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young. This book explores questions of life, death, science, nature, morality, meaning, and purpose from a Humanist perspective. It features interviews with Humanists including Philip Pullman, Shappi Khorsandi, Natalie Haynes, and Jim Al-Khalili, and asks them how they approach life’s biggest questions. The book is published by Wayland and is available at online retailers like Blackwell’s.

 

 

 

Adult Education

We have several presenters who have experience talking about Humanism to groups such as WIs, men’s clubs, and Probus clubs. Each talk can be tailored to your requirements, but most groups normally want something on our history, beliefs, campaigns, and involvement with the local community. The sessions normally end with a Q&A session interacting with the audience.

Humanists are not anti-religious and our speakers are sensitive to the varied beliefs of our audience.

If you want to arrange a speaker, please email us at education@northeast-humanists.org.uk.