Parent power forces state to drop teaching gay sex in primary schools

Jul 2, 2019 by

by Will Jones, Rebel Priest:

Primary schools will not be required to teach LGBT issues and this will not change when the new Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) regulations come into force in September 2020, the government has confirmed.

The clarification comes amid protests by mostly Muslim parents at primary schools in Birmingham and other Muslim-dominated cities over the teaching of LGBT issues to children as young as four, particularly through the controversial ‘No Outsiders’ programme.

Speaking to a Commons debate on parental involvement in the teaching of the Equality Act, schools minister Nick Gibb made clear that schools must consult parents properly on the teaching of RSE and that primary schools may leave the teaching of sensitive LGBT issues to secondary school.

‘This Government agrees that parents, as the primary educators of their children, should be involved in their child’s education in schools,’ the minister said.

‘On matters such as equality, respect and relationships, schools complement what the child is taught at home. It is therefore crucial that schools and parents engage in constructive dialogue to understand each other’s views,’ he added.

‘Schools should in particular consider whether aspects of their curriculum may be sensitive to the parents of their particular cohort and, if so, should ensure that they have properly engaged them on this content,’ he said.

However, Mr Gibb also stressed that ‘schools have been given the responsibility to educate, and ultimately it is for schools to decide what is taught, and how.’

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