BBC is reporting that all children must learn about same sex couples regardless of their religious background, the head of Ofsted says.
Hundreds of parents protested outside a Birmingham school against it teaching pupils about same sex couples and gender identity.
Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman told the BBC it was crucial children were exposed to differences in society.
Parents of Muslim and Christian faith have held demonstrations outside Parkfield Community School in the Alum Rock area of the city, where children are taught about same sex couples through story books.
Protesters have claimed the lessons, part of the “No Outsiders” programme, contradict their faith.
In light of the protests, Mrs Spielman said there needed to be a “careful exploration of the middle ground” but lessons covering LGBT topics were important.
Mrs Spielman argued the lessons were less about “endless sex education” and more about understanding differences in society.
“The essence of democracy is that we don’t all get our way,” she said.
However, the BBC understands more protests were being planned and some parents have said they would write to the government demanding a change in equality legislation.
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