What are the rules on teaching about LGBT+ issues and relationships in schools?

Osted’s chief inspector has thrown her support behind a teacher who has faced threats and protests from angry parents over LGBT+lessons. The Independent reports.

Andrew Moffat, who is in the running for a global prize, has been at the centre of a row with families at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham over his teachings about same-sex couples.

Amanda Spielman, head of Ofsted, has now said that all schools should teach pupils about same-sex relationships as children should know that there are families with “two mummies or two daddies”.

The government’s current statutory guidance for sex and relationship education (SRE) for schools in England, which was issued in 2000, does not explicitly talk about how LGBT+ issues should be taught.  

It highlights that SRE should teach about sexuality, but it adds that this is not about the promotion of sexual orientation or sexual activity which it says would be “inappropriate” teaching. However, it lacks any detail on how schools should tackle this and at what age.

It just says that teachers should deal “honestly and sensitively” with sexual orientation, answer appropriate questions and offer support. It adds that schools must deal with homophobic bullying.

The proposed guidance recommends that LGBT+ content in school is “integral” throughout the programmes of study. However, it adds that teaching should still be “sensitive and age-appropriate”.

Pupils should be given an equal opportunity to explore the features of stable and healthy same-sex relationships. It should not be addressed separately or in only one lesson

In November last year, Scotland announced that it would become the first country in the world to embed the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights in the school curriculum.

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