Conscientious withdrawal from religious education in Scotland: anachronism or necessary right?

Graeme Nixon* (Corresponding Author)

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This paper considers the right of parental withdrawal from the statutory subject Religious Education (RE) in Scottish primary and secondary schools. The background, history and current legislative situation relating to this right are considered, as well as current discussions and debates about this issue. The intentions are to establish how often and for what reasons parents opt to withdraw their children, as well as to investigate how schools and local authorities respond to requests for withdrawal. This research is informed by a survey of primary and secondary schools within two local authorities in particular. It emerges that there are relatively few cases of withdrawal. A majority of participating schools argued for the abolition of this right.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-19
Number of pages14
JournalBritish Journal of Religious Education
Issue number1
Early online date16 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


  • Religious Education
  • Withdrawal from RE
  • Conscience Clause


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