Equality lessons row: Midlands school to trial controversial LGBT-relationships material

Equality lessons row: Midlands school to trial controversial LGBT-relationships material
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Posted on 11 Sep 2019

A school on the Derbyshire​-Nottinghamshire border is set to trial the compulsory Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) material due to be rolled out across the country in September 2020. The material includes information about sexual and gender identities within families.


Pupils at Shirebrook Academy will be able to give their feedback to the government.

News of the introduction of the RSE curriculum next autumn has caused considerable controversy and played into the ongoing row at two Birmingham schools about the teaching of lessons which include information on LGBT relationships. 


Speaking to NottinghamshireLive, Mark Cottingham, principal of Shirebrook Academy, said: “There has been plenty of controversy surrounding the inclusion of topics within the updated RSE curriculum, with parents at some schools unhappy with themes they feel conflict with their personal beliefs.

“Our school already puts a lot of time and effort into teaching tolerance and acceptance and we are proud that this commitment means that we have had no hesitation in agreeing to become an early-adopter.


“We believe it’s our duty to support all of our students, but also to prepare everyone for a world where people have more and more diverse identities.

“The RSE is not about telling them who or what to be or encouraging one identity above another, but making them aware of the differences and encouraging empathy and openness instead.”


 

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