Volunteering in Schools and Colleges

Increasing students’ understanding of Humanist values and beliefs

The 2013 national framework for Religious Education in England recommends that Humanism be studied in schools as an example of a ‘non-religious worldview’.

Several Farnham Humanists’ members have been trained by the British Humanist Association for volunteering in schools. We have been pleased to receive many requests over the years to provide talks and inputs to debates relating to religion and belief, Humanism and morality.  These have included:

  • 2017 Gordon’s School, West End near Woking, Multifaith repeat event for 6th formers: carousel and Question Time panel. The faiths represented were Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Baha’i, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism. Mike Adams represented Humanism.
  • 2017 Fullbrook Secondary School Woking, Repeat “Does it matter how you choose to live your life? If so how should we live our lives?” Muslim, Christian and Humanist (Jennie Johnson)
  • 2017 Hoe Valley School, free school near Woking “What is Humanism?” 6 1/2 hour lessons to year 7 students
  • 2016 Fullbrook Secondary School Woking, “Does it matter how you choose to live your life? If so how should we live our lives?” Christian and Humanist (Jennie Johnson)
  • 2016 Gordon’s School, West End near Woking, Multifaith event for 6th formers: carousel and Question Time panel. The faiths represented were Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Baha’i, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism. Jennie Johnson represented Humanism.
  • 2016 Langtree School Reading, Two 20 mins Assemblies “Why I am a Humanist, how this affects my everyday life and what are my views on the end of life and death.“ (Jennie Johnson)
  • 2016 8th Farnham (Rowledge) Cub Scouts “What is Humanism?” ~1 hour
  • 2016 Gordon’s School, West End near Woking, 4 parallel 1 hour lessons year 8 on “What is Humanism and the Humanist approach to animal welfare?” (Alan Montgomery, David Sexton, Anne Cheese, Jennie Johnson)
  • 2015 Warwick School Redhill (repeat visit), 5 lessons to 11 to 14 year olds on Humanism at a Multi Faith Day at The Warwick School Redhill. The faiths represented were Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Baha’i, Hinduism and Judaism (Jennie Johnson)
  • 2015 Warwick School Redhill (repeat visit), 5 lessons to 11 to 14 year olds on Humanism at a Multi Faith Day at The Warwick School Redhill. The faiths represented were Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Baha’i, Hinduism and Judaism (Jennie Johnson)
  • 2015 Gordon’s School (a voluntary-aided secondary school with academy status in West End near Woking), two 30 minute talks on “What is Humanism” to sixth formers as part of a “Body and Soul” day.
  • 2015 All Saints Church of England Primary School Fleet, a half hour assembly on Humanism, ethics and helping others for 450 7 to 11 year old pupils (Jennie Johnson).
  • 2015 Oakwood School Horley (repeat visit) 5 Darwin day Assemblies on What is Humanism?, Why do we celebrate Darwin Day?, Prejudice and Discrimination – what do Humanists think? (David Savage, Mike Adams, John de Prey, Jennie Johnson)
  • 2015 Oakwood School Horley (repeat visit) Lessons on “What is right and what is wrong? How do we decide?” (David Savage) A Q&A asession with Year 11 RE group presenting the Humanist view on a number of topics (John de Prey)
  • 2014 Churcher’s College Petersfield, an hour talk to sixth formers on the need for a non-religious perspective on ethical issues (John de Prey)
  • 2014 Handcross Park School, Haywards Heath, an hours talk to year 8 students on Humanism and its view on morality (John de Prey)
  • 2014 Oakwood School Horley, 30 to 40 minute talks and discussions with year 8 students on “What is Humanism” (Mike Adams, John de Prey and Jennie Johnson)together with a Q&A session  with year 11 GCSE students (John de Prey).
  • 2013 Bishop David Brown School in Woking as part of a multi-faith event (Sue Willson)
  • 2013 provision of a Humanist/Secular stall at Godalming College’s 2013 September Fresher’s Fayre (James Wallis and Jennie Johnson with support from Southampton University Atheist member Jordan Milton)
  • 2013 Warwick School Redhill, 7 lessons to 11 to 14 year olds on Humanism at a Multi Faith Day at The Warwick School Redhill. The faiths represented were Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Bahai and Judaism (Jennie Johnson)
  • 2010 Lord Treloar School Alton (Alan Montgomery)
  • 2009 Bedales School Petersfield (Jim Herrick)
  • 2006 Farnham Heath End School (Jim Herrick)

Farnborough Hill School – Debate on ‘The Cost Of Religion Outweighs The Benefits’

In 2013 David Savage and Jennie Johnson accepted an invitation from Farnborough Hill, a Catholic Independent school in Farnborough, to debate the motion that ‘The Cost Of Religion Outweighs The Benefit’ together with a Catholic chaplain, an Anglican, a Muslim, a Hindu, a Jew, a Buddhist chaplain and a Sikh.

Humanism-for-Schools_Green-and-Pink-copyThe British Humanist Association provides information and teaching resources about Humanism at  http://humanismforschools.org.uk/.

Please contact Farnham Humanist member Jennie Johnson 01252 723044 email chair@farnham.humanist.org.uk if you would like support teaching about non-religious worldviews such as Humanism.

As well as our members volunteering as individuals for a number of organisations and Volunteering in Schools and Colleges, other areas members give time are :

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