We provide a range of free education resources on Humanism for inclusion in the Curriculum for Excellence. Download your free resources today.

The following resources are provided free of charge for use by teachers and others.

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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“Where a child or young person is withdrawn, schools should make suitable arrangements for them to participate in a worthwhile alternative activity.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.”

Primary Education Resources

Our current Primary Education Resources cover two main themes: caring for the environment, and human rights.

Caring for our world

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Caring for our world – Humanism for primary school children. This resource covers many aspects of humanism, the appendices (available separately include lesson plans, cross curricular links and Internet resources.

  • Cross-curricular links (Download PDF)
    Cross curricular links from humanism to Literacy/Drama, Citizenship, Social science and ICT.
  • Lesson plans (Download PDF)
    Lesson plans for P4 -P7 to accompany the “Caring for our world” resource.
  • Internet resources (Download PDF)
    A list of useful websites to accompany the resource “Caring for our world”.

Human Rights

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Suitable for Primary 7 – Produced by Marnie McCrone the Humanist Society Scotland This document contains lesson plans for the topic “Human Rights” It is the first part of a set of documents which are:

  • Interdisciplinary outcomes (Download PDF or Word)
    This is section 2 of the Human Rights topic. It lists interdisciplinary outcomes (links to other areas of the curriculum).
  • Appendix A – 30 articles of UDHR (Download PDF or Word)
    Part 3 of the topic on Human Rights. Appendix A – 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
  • Appendix B – Quiz 5 (Download PDF or Word)
    Part 4 of the Human Rights topic.
  • Appendix C – Critical skills challenge (Download PDF or Word)
    Part 5 of the Human Rights topic. This could be a final assessment.
  • Appendix D – Example Script (Download PDF or Word)
    Part 6 of the Human Rights topic.
  • Posters
    • Rights of a child. (Download PDF or Word)
    • Children’s’ Rights and Responsibilities and Rights of Child. (Download PDF or Word)

Secondary Education Resources (S1-S3)

We are currently in the process of updating our junior phase secondary resources, in the meantime we have a small collection of resources still available. (S1-S3)

Humanism for Secondary Pupils

  • What is Humanism? (Download PDF)
    This resource explores what humanism is, and explores some common questions about humanism.
  • The Origin of Religion (Download PDF)
    This resources explores the origins of religion from a humanist perspective.
  • Bioethics (Download PDF)
  • Review of Secondary School Books and DVDs (Download PDF)
  • Video: You can find a link here to a series of videos featuring a Humanist perspective on happiness, the environment, assisted suicide, sectarianism and many more.

Secondary Senior Phase RME/RMPS Resources (S4-S6)

These are our current Education Resources for senior phase pupils. They fall into three thematic areas: In the beginning, Life begins, and The emergence of man. We also provide a ‘Bioethics Fact Sheet’ for use as a discussion prompt.

These are our current Education Resources for senior phase pupils. They fall into three thematic areas: In the beginning, Life begins, and The emergence of man. We also provide a ‘Bioethics Fact Sheet’ for use as a discussion prompt.

  • Review of Secondary School Books and DVDs (Download PDF)

Senior Phase RME/RMPS Resource

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First part of the Resource Material for Senior pupils – essentially a content list.

  • In the Beginning (Download PDF)
    Part 1 of the Senior Pupils’ Resources. Information about the Big Bang and the formation of the earth.
  • Life Begins (Download PDF)
    Part 2 of the Senior Pupils’ Resources. Resource covering the beginning of life and evolution.
  • The Emergence of Man (Download PDF)
    Part 3 of the Senior Pupils’ Resources. Resource covering the emergence of man and the development of our culture.

Videos

You can find a link here to a series of videos featuring a Humanist perspective on happiness, the environment, assisted suicide, sectarianism and many more.

 Bioethics Fact Sheet

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Bioethical issues; educational fact sheets. Notes for leading classroom discussion on a variety of controversial topics. Useful for developing critical thinking skills.

Free Education Posters

We have a range of education posters which we will send you free of charge to any educator in the UK.

Darwin Poster God poster Female scientists poster I think therefore I am Poster Turing Poster-1 What is Humanism

We have a range of education posters which we will send you free of charge to any educator in the UK.

Please email contact us with your address and how many of each poster you would like.

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.

Head and heart

What is Humanism?

Humanists are people who share common values, such as science and rational enquiry, and who seek to live ethical lives based on reason and compassion.

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Why should I get involved?

We are a membership charity, with over 14,000 members from Stornoway to Stranraer. Get involved today to help make Scotland a more secular, rational and socially just country.

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Why become a member of Scotland's Humanist charity?

We are a democratic membership charity. Join us today to get involved in our campaigns to make Scotland a more secular, rational and socially just country.

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