For parents, teachers and young people

Helpful resources

Many parents and carers are unsure about their legal rights, and options open to them in relation to the religious content of education.

The Humanist Society Scotland are here to help with our free helpline service for non-religious parents and young people. Contact us on 0800 133 7316 or email

This section will give you some helpful advice, tips on questions to ask and signpost you to useful resources on non-religious options for education.

Have a look at the following links:

Your rights as a parent or carer

What are your legal rights as a parent or carer?

What rights do you have? What questions should you ask of your child’s school? Many parents and carers find it difficult to discuss the important issues of religion in education, as they don’t want to appear ‘awkward’ or stigmatise their children.

Don’t worry – you are not alone! We hear from parents every week who want to find our more about their legal rights.

Check out our handy guide, which you can download for free. Why not print one out and give to other parents as well?

Download your ‘Guide for Non-religious Parents’

Your rights as a young person

What are your legal rights as a pupil or young person?

What rights do you have? Do you have to attend religious assemblies? Many young people find it difficult to find out about their legal rights in relation to religion in schools.

Don’t worry – you are not alone!

We have produced a handy guide which you can download, print, and share. It will help you to better understand your legal rights at school.

Download your ‘Guide for Non-religious Young People’


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