LGBT and diversity lessons have been indefinitely suspended at a school until weekly protests by parents are resolved, Metro is reporting.
Parkfield Community School said its No Outsiders project – which teaches tolerance of diverse groups, including those of different races, genders and sexual orientation – will not be taught despite Ofsted saying the lessons are age-appropriate.
Ofsted gave the lessons their support on Tuesday, which headteacher David Williams called ‘great news’ for the school.
Inspectors said ‘a very small, but vocal, minority of parents are not clear about the school’s vision, policies and practice’, and that teachers should work on ‘further engagement’ with mothers and fathers.
The school said: ‘Nothing is more important than ensuring our children’s education continues uninterrupted.
‘Both parents and the trust held constructive discussions with the Regional Schools Commissioner, and, as a result of these discussions, we are eager to continue to work together with parents over the coming days and weeks to find a solution that will support the children in our school to continue their education in a harmonious environment.
‘Until a resolution has been reached, No Outsiders lessons will not be taught at Parkfield and we hope that children will not be removed from school to take part in protests.’
Pupils are taught about the positive values of diversity, tolerance and acceptance, in a broad curriculum encompassing LGBT rights, same-sex relationships, gender identity, race, religion and colour.
But the lessons sparked off weekly protests outside its gates, with mothers and fathers objecting to the teaching of the No Outsiders project.
Parkfield Parents’ Community Group, which has organised protests, said members had a positive meeting with the Department for Education (DfE) to discuss serious concerns with the programme.
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