We are currently updating our educational resources. In the meantime our friends at Humanists UK also produce resources with a reference document to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and Scotland’s National Qualifications. Click here to access these resources.

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HSS School Visitors

We have a range or trained volunteer school visitors who will be glad to visit your school and offer a humanist perspective as part of an RME or RMPS class. Please visit the School Visitors section for more information.

Religious Observance/RME Opt-Out Letter

Scottish Government guidance on Religious Observance and RME and RE (Religious and Moral Education and (Roman Catholic) Religious Education) states that:

“…parents have a statutory right to withdraw children from participation in religious and moral education and religious education in Roman Catholic schools. Schools should provide parents with sufficient information on which to base a decision, and ensure that parents are aware of the content of the religious and moral education or religious education that the school wishes to undertake.”

-Scottish Government letter to Directors of Education in Scotland, February 2011.

We have created a template opt-out letter, which you can simply download and amend.

Remember that it is your right as a parent or carer to have your child opt-out of RO or RME/RE. As the 2011 Scottish Government guidance says:

“Where a child or young person is withdrawn, schools should make suitable arrangements for them to participate in a worthwhile alternative activity. In no circumstances should a pupil be disadvantaged as a result of withdrawing from religious and moral education or religious education in Roman Catholic schools.”

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