Four more primary schools in Birmingham have decided to stop lessons on LGBT+ issues following complaints by parents. iNews reports.
Birmingham’s Leigh Academies Trust reportedly told the BBC it was suspending the No Outsiders project, which teaches tolerance of diverse groups – including those of different sexual orientations, gender and race – until an agreement with parents had been reached.
Parkfield Community School in Birmingham was the first to halt the lessons earlier this month after protests from predominantly Muslim parents, who said they thought the programme was inappropriate. Many said they had not been adequately consulted by the primary school.
Mother Mariam Ahmed has a four-year-old daughter at Parkfield Community School, and was among those challenging the programme. She told i it is “absolutely wrong” the lessons are taking place. “
My child is four, and I found out that in the No Outsiders programme, she’ll be taught about homosexuality at her age,” she said.
Leigh Trust said it was stopping the programme at Leigh Primary School, Alston Primary School, Marlborough Junior and Infants School and Wyndcliff Primary School until after Ramadan in May following complaints from parents, according to the BBC.
Charity Humanists UK said the move to stop teaching LGBT+ classes after protests from parents who believe it is against their religious beliefs was “very alarming”.
Primary schools in Manchester have reportedly faced similar concerns from parents unhappy over sex and relationships lessons including LGBT+ rights, The Guardian reported.
Although the schools in Greater Manchester do not run the No Outsiders programme, many parents – mainly of a Muslim background – are concerned about new plans for sex education lessons in schools.
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