60 write to CEN asking for delay to implementation of RSE in schools

Nov 28, 2019 by

Church of England Newspaper November 29

Sir, Early adoption of the new Relationships and Sex Education Regulations (RSE), which becomes mandatory in September 2020, has provoked countrywide protests and safeguarding concerns. Further time is needed to ensure that the controversy is properly resolved.

SRE was introduced in 1993 to safeguard children against the threat of HIV/Aids, STIs and to prevent teenage pregnancies. It failed. The expressed aim of the new Regulations is not protection, but to teach children ‘British values’ – to prepare them for life in modern Britain. Their introduction has justifiably provoked controversy.

We raise the following concerns:

  1. Well-funded lobbying organisations are being allowed to promote their propaganda in schools. Such political activity is illegal and needs investigation.
  2. Much ideological material is being introduced top-down, without proper consultation and over-riding parental concerns.
  3. Many concerned parents, including those from minority ethnic communities, are being condemned for protesting against teaching that violates their faith or best judgement. Schools have not respected their concerns. This overrides their civil liberties and human rights as parents.
  4. The RSE provisions, as framed, prematurely sexualise children and confuse their natural development. Children from the age of four are being taught that gender is a matter of choice, which pushes them towards permanently life-changing decisions they lack the competence to make.
  5. The parental right to withdraw children from teaching they deem inappropriate has been downgraded at secondary level to a right of request. This is a violation of parental rights under UK and international law.

The new Regulations have already proved controversial, yet the time for preparation and possible negotiation, combined with proper training and guidance, has been foreshortened due to the unforeseen election. The date set for compliance must be delayed in order to give time for the issues to be resolved.

Rev Lynda Rose, CEO, Voice for Justice, UK

Lord Curry of Kirkharle

Dr A Majid Katme (MBBCh,DPM), Ex-President, Islamic Medical Association/UK

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, former Bishop of Rochester

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham

Bishop Henry Scriven, Hon Asst Bishop of Oxford and Winchester

Bishop Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead

Rabbi Shraga Stern

Amir Ahmed, Birmingham Parent Forum
Sola Aina, HR Analyst

Dr Tope Aina, Paediatrician

Pastor Henry Akintunde, Lead Minister, Christ Image Assembly, Northampton

Professor Geoffrey Alderman, Professor of Politics and History, University of Buckingham

Rev Isaac Attram. Youth Rescue Project Inc.

Rev Simon Austen, Rector, St. Leonard’s Exeter

Rt Rev Dr Gavin Ashenden, Bishop, the Christian Episcopal Church

Canon David Banting, Member of General Synod

Dr Stephen Brooke, Specialist in Child Health

Belinda Brown, Writer/Researcher

Sidney C Cordle MBE, Leader Christian Peoples Alliance

Ed Costelloe, Chairman, Grassroots Conservatives

Dr Alison Davies MRCGP

Cllr Mary Douglas, Wiltshire Council

Jane Ezimako, Recruiter

Caroline Farrow, Campaign Director CitizenGO UK and Ireland

Sarah Finch, Member of General Synod

Fr. Francis Gardom, Priest and Philanthropist
Rev’d Dr Jules Gomes, Editor of Rebel Priest

Kathy Gyngell, Editor, The Conservative Woman
Benjamin Harris-Quinney, Chairman The Bow Group

Rev David Holloway, Vicar of Jesmond, Newcastle

Emmanuel Ibitomisin, Accountant

Clive Ireson, Association of Christian Teachers

Clifford Jacob, Bsc PGCE High school teacher

Dr Will Jones, Writer

Louise Kirk, UK Co-ordinator, Alive to the World.

David Kurten, London Assembly Member

Dr Peter May MRCGP

Susan Mason B.Bus., M.A., CPA School Gate Campaign

Edmund Matyjaszek, B.A. Principal, Priory School our Lady of Walsingham, IoW

Dr Julie Maxwell, Community Paediatrician

Cllr Delyth Miles, Walton on the Naze

Rev Barry Morrison, Higher Education Chaplain

Ngozi Nduka, Solicitor

The Revd Dr John Nolland, Former Vice-Principal, Trinity College Bristol

Dr Lisa Nolland, Convenor, Marriage, Sex, Culture Group, Anglican Mainstream

Rev. Dr. Temilolu Odejide, Senior Pastor, House on the Rock London

Pastor Efe Oluwatosin, Parish Pastor – RCCG House of Joy for all Nations.

Joseph Oluwatosin, Retired Accountant

Pastor Seyi Olusile, Resident Pastor World Global Harvest Church

Pastor Kunle Oyedeji, Lead Pastor The Cornerstone Church

Rev James Paice, Southwark Good Stewards Trust

Canon Charles Raven, Head of Operations, Global Anglican Future Conference

Dr Christopher Shell, Manager, St Paul’s by Westminster Cathedral

Kola Taiwo, Senior Pastor New Wine Church, Woolwich

Dr. C.K.Tan, Member of General Synod, Church of England

John Tan, Marketing & Operations Manager

Rev Melvin Tinker, St John’s, Newlands, Hull

Dr Kevin Vaughan MB B Chir

Dr.Thomas Ward, President of the National Association of Catholic Families

Alan J Williams MA, Chairman Support 4 the Family

Canon Dr Chris Sugden, Chairman, Anglican Mainstream

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