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Last updated on 11 December 2017
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Can parents refuse to let their children take part in Christmas activities? We relay advice on handling parents’ concerns about activities relating to Christmas or other religious festivals, and the rights of schools and parents in this context. You will also find ideas for modifying activities.

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  3. Discussing objections with parents
  4. Ways you could modify Christmas activities

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