Education watchdog Ofsted has given its support to Birmingham’s Parkfield Community School in the ongoing row about whether its lessons on LGBT rights and homophobia are age-appropriate.
Parkfield, a predominantly Muslim school, has been teaching the lessons as part of its No Outsiders programme - created by gay deputy head teacher Andrew Moffat - but ran into trouble when parents began protesting against the initiative.
Following a visit to the school, Ofsted inspectors said they found “no evidence” the education and equalities curriculum “focuses disproportionately on lesbian, gay and bisexual issues and that this work is not taught in an age-appropriate manner”.
Although Ofsted added that a “very small, but vocal, minority of parents” were “not clear about the school’s vision, policies and practice”, and that “this group of parents feel that staff do not sufficiently listen to their concerns”, the watchdog also said that the school was a “cohesive community”, and that the majority of parents “understand how the school helps their children to play a positive role in modern British society by developing their appreciation of British values”.
Ofsted has recommended the school “further develop” its engagement with parents, to ensure that they all have a “clear understanding of the school’s policies and procedures, and the curriculum content and how it is taught”.
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