A new UK survey says there is little public support for religious influence in school admissions, assemblies and RE classes.
The poll commissioned by the National Secular Society found less than one in six favour religious selection in state schools – while a third support it in faith schools.
Half believe school assemblies should be about moral issues, and a quarter say religious worship should be included.
The secular society says the findings suggest the education policy is out of step with public opinion.
But a Church of England faith advisor – who also works in schools – says assemblies over the last 30 years have changed.
Rev Ronnie Lamont said children not only lead the worship, they plan it and evaluate it.
She said the Church has played an important role in education, and she’s certain the legacy will continue.