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Headteachers' union calls for DfE to support primary schools teaching LGBTQ relationships

Birmingham schools have faced ongoing protests by parents over the inclusive lessons

2019-06-11

Words: Steve Brown

Headteachers have urged the Department for Education to show stronger support to primary schools teaching children about LGBTQ relationships.

Parkfield Community School and Anderton Park Primary School are just two of primary schools in Birmingham facing ongoing protests by parents over LGBTQ-inclusive lessons.

And despite the protests being slammed by activists, allies, Ofsted and the Education Secretary, the headteachers’ union NAHT has called for the DfE to do more about the protests, TES reported.

The union’s general secretary Paul Whiteman said: “We’d like the ‘if’ changed to ‘when’ to make it clear that primary schools are right to teach children about LGBT people.

“Without meaning to, the government has put school leaders in an extremely difficult position.

“They and their staff have had to endure threats against their careers and their personal safety. 

“The protests need to end, and the best way to achieve that is for the government to be absolutely clear about what they expect schools to do.”

The government is introducing compulsory relationship education for primary schools and relationship and sex education for secondary schools from 2020.