Parents complain to Manchester schools about LGBT lessons

Mar 20, 2019 by

By Nazia Parveen, Guardian:

Primary schools in Manchester have been contacted by parents unhappy over sex and relationships lessons that teach children about LGBT rights, in the wake of similar classes being withdrawn in Birmingham after protests.

The Guardian understands that parents at seven primary schools have contacted school management to discuss the inclusion of the lessons in the curriculum.

[…]  Meanwhile, in Greater Manchester, parents at several schools, including William Hulme grammar school in Whalley Range and Acacias community primary school in Burnage, contacted the management about sex education lessons.

Although the schools in Greater Manchester do not run the No Outsiders programme, it is understood some parents, of mainly Muslim background, are concerned about the new plans to overhaul sex education lessons in schools.

In 2017, the government announced a radical overhaul of sex and relationship education and announced that children would be taught about healthy adult relationships from the age of four, with sex education made compulsory in all secondary schools. However, faith schools would still be allowed to teach “in accordance with the tenets of their faith”.

One parent, who wanted to remain anonymous and has a primary-age child at William Hulme grammar, said some parents had handed out letters on Friday urging others to sign a petition against the new sex education lessons. A WhatsApp group, which has almost 250 members, has called for protests at primary schools across the region and for parents to withdraw their children.

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