Parents launch petition to stop Birmingham primary school teaching children about homosexuality

The Birmingham Mail is reporting that parents have signed a petition in a bid to stop pupils being taught about homosexuality at a local primary school…

Concerned parents of pupils at Clifton Primary School in Balsall Heath are lobbying the school to put a stop to plans to teach their children about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.

They said the subject “conflicted” with the religious beliefs of the children, who are predominantly Muslim – while they also believed four-year-olds are too young to be taught the subject.

The petition was sparked after the school held meetings with parents to reveal it was set to implement the Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools (CHIPS) programme.

A similar scheme called Pride in Education (PIE) is also being implemented at secondary schools – with both programmes due to be rolled out across all local-authority controlled schools in Birmingham by 2018…

Headteacher Christine Mitchell said: “We have had three consultation meetings with parents where we explained how CHIPS worked and showed them the books we will use.

“We explained we were planning to introduce this in line with advice from the local authority.

“We have been open and honest and are trying to have a dialogue with them.

“We have always taught diversity and equality and it is important that the wider public know that.”

The news comes after the subject sparked outrage last year at Welford School in Handsworth, where headteacher Jamie Barry was confronted by more than 100 angry parents worried about the lessons...

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A test perhaps for the new British values policy? How do you think schools should react when faced with this kind of opposition from parents? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. CharlieBAWOW

    SchoolsImprove v.sad to read what’s happened in Birmingham! Why are parents so scared of these subjects? #education

  2. Busy Mum

    @CharlieBAWOW SchoolsImprove Because they are our children, not the school’s. Not the government’s either.

  3. Busy Mum

    @CharlieBAWOW SchoolsImprove Because they are our children, not the school’s. Not the government’s either.

  4. peterabarnard

    SchoolsImprove Good for the parents! There are far better ways of building a school culture of tolerance and interconnectivity…

  5. BehaviourA

    The title of newspaper article is rather ridiculous. You don’t need to ‘teach’ children about homosexuality any more than you need to teach them about ‘heterosexuality’. But you do need to teach them about bigotry, prejudice and intolerance.Teaching that accepting difference and diversity are good things and that it is unacceptable (and illegal) to treat people badly because they are not the same as you would help make a much better society for everyone.

  6. LaCatholicState

    SchoolsImprove They are teaching subjects that should never be taught to a child. How evil and disgusting. These are not our values!

  7. LaCatholicState

    SchoolsImprove This is an attack on our children…and we will not stand for it. Sack the Head teacher etc No child abuse allowed.

  8. Janet2

    Parents have the right to withdraw their children from sex education.  They don’t have the right to lobby for other children not to have it.

  9. Janet2

    Busy Mum SchoolsImprove Then you, like any other parent, can withdraw your child from sex education lessons.  But you don’t have the right to say other children should not have them.

  10. bernardatlarge

    SchoolsImprove CEGill1 This is unbelievable!The humanity!Where will these 4yo’s hear of sexual orientation,transgender folk, bsdm,dogging?

  11. Busy Mum

    HoldHeadUpHigh Programmes like this are the reason why parents are home-educating. Schools and government are so arrogant in thinking they know better than the parents what is right for the children.

  12. Busy Mum

    Janet2 Busy Mum SchoolsImprove I do withdraw them but as I’ve told you before, unsuitable topics like this crop up in all other areas of the curriculum.

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