We should never have stopped teaching No Outsiders lessons, says school boss!
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Posted on 26 Jul 2019

The protesters demonstrating against equalities lessons that include information about LGBT relationships were empowered by the decision to suspend the No Outsiders programme, says the chief executive of the academy trust that runs Parkfield primary school.



The No Outsiders equalities programme was devised by Parkfield’s gay assistant headteacher Andrew Moffat.


Speaking to the Times Educational Supplement, Hazel Pulley, CEO of the Excelsior Multi-Academy Trust, said that the Department for Education put the school under “extreme pressure” to pause the programme in order to stop the protests. It’s a claim which was repeated recently in the BBC’s Panorama programme.
“We shouldn’t have suspended, and we shouldn’t have been asked to suspend,” said Ms Pulley. “I’ve really tussled with this, and I am absolutely adamant now: don’t suspend, it gave power to one side.
“There was nothing wrong; it immediately made it look as if you were doing something wrong and we hadn’t.”



She continued: “It didn’t work, on reflection, because whilst we were suspended it was as if it empowered them. It empowered them with what they had managed to do. “So when we went into meetings they came at it from a stance of ‘well look what we’ve managed to do now, look what we could do in the future’.”

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