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find valuable, and what you would like to see available in future.

We need your views, however critical, to improve and develop the site.

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British Religion in Numbers

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University of Bristol

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  1. Joe Moorhouse says:

    What a fantastic resource which I’m sure will only grow in significance. I’m really interested by the focus of your work and how it informs one issue in particular.

    The requirement on all ‘community’ schools to hold a daily act of collective worship of a wholly or broadly christian nature is, to some degree, dependent on that practice being appropriate for the pupils of the school (having regard for their family backgrounds).

    It is for SACREs to decide at what point (usually when a certain % of families dissent from Christianity) it becomes inappropriate but those % figures will appear very different if a School refers to the 2011 census or surveys by the BSA or similar.

    Ideally one would have a way of ‘moderating’ (?) the 2011 national census to establish better understanding of the actual local situation. The test seems to relate to beliefs rather than practice – apparently a vanishingly small percentage of adults take part worship 5 days a week as the law expects of children.

    My inclination is to ignore the 2011 census and work on the basis of your latest published data – WAVE 8 UKHLS

    I’d be very interested to hear any advice or caution on using (or extrapolating) your stats, in this particular situation.

  2. The UKHLS is certainly a very large dataset but the Annual Population Survey (APS) from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is an even larger one. The ONS has recently been experimenting with the APS to generate more dynamic estimates of religious affiliation but seems to have concluded that the data are not robust enough at very low levels of geography. You will find coverage of the ONS research on the BRIN website.

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