Date lodged: 25 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on protecting young people's right to religious observance, education and freedom of religious belief in schools.
Answered by: John Swinney 2 May 2018
Freedom of religious belief is an important feature of Scottish life that must also apply in schools.
The Education (Scotland) Act 1980 provides a statutory basis for local authorities to provide Religious Observance and Religious and Moral Education in Scottish schools, with RME also embedded in Curriculum for Excellence. The legislation also gives parents a right to withdraw their child from these activities, with Scottish Government guidance stressing the importance of including children and young people in any decision to opt out.