Four more Birmingham schools halt lessons on LGBT rights

Anti LGBTI education protestors outside Parkfield School (Photo: Twitter)

Four more schools in Birmingham have halted LGBTI-inclusive lessons following protests, according to the BBC.

The Leigh Trust, which runs four primary schools in Birmingham, said it was halting lessons until after Ramadan.

Last week, Parkfield Community School announced it will halt its LGBTI-inclusive teaching.

Parents had protested outside the gates of the primary school in Birmingham, UK.

The No Outsiders program was part of the sex and relationship education program. It fostered acceptance among pupils.

Despite support from for the program for the education secretary, the education watchdog Ofsted, and local politicians, Parkfield suspended it.

‘It’s not about being homophobic’

According to a letter seen by the BBC, the Leigh Trust is suspending their No Outsiders programme until an agreement with parents was reached.

The Leigh Trust includes Leigh Primary School, Alston Primary School, Marlborough Junior and Infants School and Wyndcliff Primary School.

Parents at Parkfield and Leigh Trust claimed the classes were inappropriate for young children.

They also said the LGBT message contradicted teachings of Islam.

In February, the government published its first guidance on sex and relationships in schools.

The guidance said it ‘expects’ schools to teach about LGBTI relationships.

Campaigner Amir Ahmed told the BBC the No Outsiders program was changing ‘children’s moral position on family values on sexuality.

He said he was part of a ‘traditional community’.

‘Morally we do not accept homosexuality as a valid sexual relationship to have. It’s not about being homophobic.’

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Parkfield Community School suspends LGBTI lessons ‘until resolution is reached’

Parkfield Community School muslim parents lgbt protest

Parkfield Community School today announced it will halt its LGBTI-inclusive teaching following homophobic protests from parents.

Parents subjected the primary school in Birmingham, UK, to countless protests outside its school gates.

But in a statement today the school said: ‘Until a resolution has been reached, No Outsiders lessons will not be taught at Parkfield.’

The school even pleaded to parents not to withdraw anymore of their children in protest.

‘A harmonious environment’

The decision comes after discussions between both parents and the school trust.

‘Nothing is more important than ensuring our children’s education continues uninterrupted,’ the statement added.

‘As a result of these discussions we are eager to continue to work  together with parents over the coming days and weeks to find a solution that will support the children in our school to continue their education in a harmonious environment.’

Moreover, just this week education watchdog Ofsted concluded the school’s diverse program of study was ‘appropriate.’

It said: ‘One pupil summed up the views of many when they said: “We look out for, and after, people who are different so that we can help one another.”

‘Respect, tolerance, understanding and acceptance of other’s differences underpin the work of the school.’

Why did parents protest?

However, the school attracted nationwide attention after parents started protests outside the school gates – some even withdrawing their children – because of the school’s pro-LGBTI teaching.

The No Outsiders program was arranged by assistant headteacher, Andrew Moffat, who himself is gay.

It is part of the sex and relationship education program at the Birmingham school.

He started the program back in 2014 in an effort to foster acceptance among pupils.

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Birmingham school’s LGBTI lessons are ‘appropriate,’ says Ofsted

Parkfield Community School muslim parents lgbt protest

Homophobes complained. Homophobes protested. But a Birmingham school slated for teaching LGBTI topics was cleared  by Ofsted.

Lessons about LGBTI rights sparked protests from parents at Parkfield Community School.

But education watchdog Ofsted concluded there is no evidence that the pro-LGBTI curriculum was taught in an age-inappropriate manner.

Head teacher David Williams described the report as ‘great news,’ reported BBC News. 

‘Respect, tolerance, understanding and acceptance’

Ofsted applauded the school for promoting ‘tolerance, acceptance and mutual respect’ and awarded it an ‘outstanding’ rating.

Moreover, inspectors found no evidence to support protester’s claims.

The report praised pupils for ‘speaking knowledgeably and perceptively’ about how student’s may be different from them in terms of sexual orientation and gender identity.

It added: ‘One pupil summed up the views of many when they said: “We look out for, and after, people who are different so that we can help one another.”

‘Respect, tolerance, understanding and acceptance of other’s differences underpin the work of the school.’

Why did parents protest?

However, the school attracted nationwide attention after parents started protests outside the school gates – some even withdrawing their children – because of the school’s pro-LGBTI teaching.

The No Outsiders program was arranged by assistant headteacher, Andrew Moffat.

It is part of the sex and relationship education program at the Birmingham school.

See also

Birmingham Pride to expand out of gay village due to major redevelopment

LGBTI Muslims condemn homophobic school protests in Birmingham

UK education secretary supports LGBTI school program after Birmingham protests

Author: Josh Milton

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