Parents win permission for judicial review on trans-affirming policies in schools

Feb 15, 2022 by

from Christian Concern:

A High Court judge has ruled that Nigel and Sally Rowe’s case can go forward.

Christian parents Nigel and Sally Rowe have been fighting their case since 2017. Now, finally, a High Court judge has ruled that they can take their case to a judicial review of transgender affirming policies in English primary schools.

You might remember that back in 2017, the Rowes were forced to educate their children at home after their son’s Church of England primary school said that their children could be labelled ‘transphobic’ bullies for not being trans-affirming.

The parents from the Isle of Wight were the first to expose the impact that trans affirming policies were having on UK primary schools.

Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, Nigel and Sally wrote to the Department for Education, calling for the Secretary of State for Education to intervene in their case. But he declined, claiming that the matter had nothing to do with education but was about meeting the needs of children.

Now Lord Justice Lane has ruled it was arguable that education had a wider definition than the Secretary of State for Education was describing; that it was more than ‘textbooks and curriculum’; that the culture and sex education policies set by the school could be described as education. He also said that it was arguable that the Secretary of State had failed to pay due regard to the scientific evidence the Rowes had put forward.

A Judicial Review hearing is now expected to take place within the next three months.

Read coverage in the Daily Mail – Church of England school warns SIX-year-old boy’s Christian parents that he could be considered ‘transphobic’ after he was ‘confused by a boy wearing a dress’


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