Schools should teach children about same-sex couples, says Ofsted chief inspector

Schools should teach children about same-sex couples, says Ofsted chief inspector
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Posted on 21 Feb 2019

Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, has said that schools should teach pupils about same-sex couples, regardless of the children’s religious background.

Speaking to the BBC, Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman said that lessons about same-sex couples were “about making sure they [children] know just enough to know that some people prefer not to get married to somebody of the opposite sex, and that sometimes there are families that have two mummies or two daddies. It's about making sure that children who do happen to realise that they themselves may not fit a conventional pattern know that they're not bad or ill.”

Mrs Spielman’s comments come in the wake of controversy at Parkfield Community School in the Alum Rock area of Birmingham, where parents of Muslim and Christian faith have held demonstrations in protest at their children being taught about same-sex couples.  

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