Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, the headteacher of Anderton Park Primary, in Birmingham, told Tes that the education secretary Damian Hinds is still leaving it up to schools to decide when they should teach children about LGBT families.
The Department for Education has published final guidance for relationship education today and Mr Hinds has said he “strongly encourages” primary schools to discuss with children that there are families with same-sex parents.
Ms Hewitt-Clarkson said: “I welcome Damian Hinds almost unequivocal support for inclusive teaching today and am very happy that this is a step forward.
“Yet I think it leaves a weakness. Mr Hinds says that he would ‘strongly encourage schools to discuss with children in class that there are all sorts of different, strong and loving families, including families with same-sex parents, while they are at primary school’.
“But what if a school or governing body chooses to ignore this advice?”
“Michael Gove said that he would make it clear that teaching children at primary school about LGBT families was a government requirement and Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson have made similar statements. Damian Hinds’ words today fall short of that.”
Ms Hewitt-Clarkson has previously accused the DfE of adding to protests by sending out mixed messages about what is expected of primary schools.
General secretary Paul Whiteman said: “The secretary of state has now made it abundantly clear that it is appropriate to teach primary-age children that there are different kinds of relationships, and that not every family is the same.”
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