Equality lessons row: Government guidelines 'woolly' says Anderton Park head teacher

Equality lessons row: Government guidelines 'woolly' says Anderton Park head teacher
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Posted on 26 Jun 2019

The head of Anderton Park, the school at the centre of a row about the teaching of lessons on equality, has called on the government to provide clearer guidance for teachers.


Speaking to Sky News, Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson said: “They need to use the word ‘must’. They need to say primary schools must teach that there are different relationships and actually it does say that in the guidance.

“It says that they must know about LGBT families and that marriage is same-sex and opposite sex, but then it's kind of a bit woolly in other areas as well.


“These grey areas are still problematic, which is why we still have protests just outside our school, and it's not fair to leave it up to individual head teachers to decide when that timely point is to teach these things.

“It's possible with the guidelines that actually you could just hand Year 6 a leaflet on their way out on the last day of school and that would suffice, that would meet all the requirements and that's simply not good enough.”


Hewitt-Clarkson’s comments came on a day when the House of  Commons was debating the issue of LGBT lessons in schools.

Gay Labour MP Angela Eagle was in tears as she told her fellow MPs that LGBTs were not going to get back in the closet.


Eagle said: "We aren't going to get back into the closet or hide or be ashamed, nor are we going to allow a generation of pupils that are now in school to go through what the pupils of the ’80s had to go through because this chamber let them down.

“And nor are we going to let this to happen in the name of religion.”


Eagle was responding to fellow Labour MP Roger Godsiff, who spoke in support of the protesters who have been demonstrating outside Anderton Park, a school in his Birmingham constituency.

Godsiff said: “... I came to the conclusion that the parents that were protesting had some valid reasons for doing so, as the head teacher seemed totally unwilling to have meetings with parents to address their concerns and seek a comprise way of resolving the conflict.” 


 

 

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