Intimidation of teachers who carry out LGBT+ lessons is ‘unacceptable’, Ofsted chief says – Video

Amanda Spielman told school leaders that it was “unacceptable”, adding that it would be a “huge step backwards” if schools became reluctant to teach children about the “diversity of modern Britain.” The Independent reports.

Her warning came after parents have repeatedly held protests outside primary schools in Birmingham, which teach about the existence of same-sex parents.

Speaking at the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) annual conference in Telford, Ms Spielman said the reports of protests outside school gates and pupils being withdrawn from classes were “worrying”.

Andrew Moffat, assistant head at Parkfield Community School, one the schools that has faced protests over LGBT+ teachings, said he had received a death threat from demonstrators.

Her speech came after Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, head at Anderton Park Primary School, which has faced daily protests over equality teachings, called on education secretary Damian Hinds to back schools.

Ms Hewitt-Clarkson, who has been subjected to chants outside the gates calling for her to resign and whose teachers have called the police after feeling harassed, asked the minister for support on Friday.

Delegates at the NAHT conference voted in favour of a motion calling for schools to be supported when carrying out their duty under the Equality Act – which aims to protect people from discrimination.

During a debate on teaching about LGBT+ relationships on Saturday, Ms Hewitt-Clarkson called on the government to urgently work with headteachers, adding that “equality is always appropriate”.

School leaders warned that protests against LGBT+ classes have spread. Dave Woods, an NAHT national executive member, said headteachers in Ealing in London had received a number of emails, letters and requests for withdrawal from parents.

Mr Woods told the conference: “One head reported 20 parents surrounding him and demanding an on the stop meeting. Another one said a request for withdrawal had gone from two children to 80 in six weeks. This is happening across the country. It is an organised campaign.”

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