Schools are using ‘overtly political materials to educate children about gender’

Jul 7, 2021 by

by Henry Martin, Mailonline:

Schools are using ‘overtly political materials’ to educate children about gender issues, Ofsted has warned.

Despite a statutory requirement for neutrality, some staff are ‘confusing’ their legal obligations under The Equality Act 2010 with moral issues and often ‘inadvertently’ teaching without acknowledging certain material as political, the watchdog said.

Ofsted’s director of corporate strategy Chris Jones said that ‘increasing political sensitivities’ in areas addressed by the act ‘have made it harder for schools to handle equalities well’.

He added: ‘We have also seen recent examples of schools and parents being unable to see eye-to-eye on the content and age-appropriateness of curriculum materials used to teach primary school pupils about same-sex relationships.’

The 2010 Equality Act created a ‘public sector equality duty’ requiring every public authority to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, harassment, and victimisation and advancing equality of opportunity.

‘In practice, the Act gives all public authorities a degree of responsibility for encouraging and promoting equality in relation to protected characteristics,’ Mr Jones writes.

He adds: ‘The Act was contentious from the outset for certain groups, particularly in relation to characteristics relating to sex, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.’

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Biological sex must now be protected in educationby Carys Moseley, Christian Concern

The corrupting influence of modern sex education is causing widespread sexual abuse among school childrenby Joseph Shaw, LifeSite

 

 

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