Four more Birmingham primary schools suspend LGBT+ lessons after complaints from parents

Four more Birmingham primary schools suspend LGBT+ lessons after complaints from parents

Four more Birmingham primary schools suspend LGBT+ lessons after complaints from parents

LGBT+ lessons have been suspended at four more primary schools in Birmingham following complaints from parents.

Leigh Trust has said it is stopping the “No Outsiders” programme, where pupils learn about same-sex couples from story books, until it has had “meaningful and open” discussions with all parents.

Parkfield Community School in Birmingham had also halted the lessons following weekly protests by parents who argue children are too young to learn about the topic.


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A letter, sent to parents at Leigh Primary School, Alston Primary School, Marlborough Junior and Infants School and Wyndcliffe Primary School, says lessons will not resume until after Ramadan in summer.

Campaign group the Accord Coalition have criticised the academy trust’s decision.

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11/50 30 March 2019

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18/50 23 March 2019

Protesters take part in the Put It To The People March on Whitehall in London. Thousands of protesters gathered for the march from Park Lane to Parliament Square calling for a public vote on the Governments final Brexit deal

Getty

19/50 22 March 2019

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after a news briefing after meeting with EU leaders in Brussels

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PA

23/50 18 March 2019

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24/50 17 March 2019

Flooding in Silsdend, Yorkshire. Heavy rain has caused widespread flooding across the country. Flood warnings remain in place across the UK

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Police at the scene in Fulham, west London where a 29-year-old man was stabbed to death this morning. The Metropolitan Police said it was called “to reports of a fight in progress” by ambulance crews and arrived on the scene at about 12.27am. The victim was found with stab wounds and died at the scene at 12.56am despite attempts by paramedics and members of the public to save his life

PA

26/50 15 March 2019

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Getty

27/50 14 March 2019

Families of those killed during Bloody Sunday march through Bogside in Derry, Northern Ireland. The Public Prosecution Service announced only one former British soldier is to be put on trial in connection with his role in the shootings that left 13 people dead in Derry on 30 January 1972. Families of those killed gathered outside The Museum of Free Derry, yards from where the killings took place, before marching to the city centre hotel to hear the announcement

Charles McQuillan

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Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond leaves 11 Downing Street as he heads to the House of Commons, to deliver his Spring Statement. He announced he was slashing the UK growth forecast and warned no-deal Brexit will destroy pledge to end austerity

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31/50 10 March 2019

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32/50 9 March 2019

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33/50 8 March 2019

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34/50 7 March 2019

Scaffolding which has blown down in strong winds in Hampstead, north London

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35/50 6 March 2019

Police and bomb disposal services outside the University of Glasgow after the building was evacuated when a suspect package was found in the mailroom

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36/50 5 March 2019

Police officers secure the scene where a suspicious package was found near Waterloo railway station. Other packages were also found at Heathrow Airport and London City Airport, with the police saying they were bombs. Counterterror officers are investigating the three devices as linked following a series of evacuations. One of the packages opened by office staff at Heathrow Airport burst into flames. Scotland Yard did not rule out the existence of other bombs. “The packages – all A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags – have been assessed by specialist officers to be small improvised explosive devices,” a spokesperson said. “These devices, at this early stage of the investigation, appear capable of igniting an initially small fire when opened. “The Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is treating the incidents as a linked series and is keeping an open mind regarding motives.”

Reuters


37/50 4 March 2019

Large waves crash over the sea walls at Cleveleys near Blackpool, as the remains of Storm Freya, which has battered Britain with gales, heavy rain and snow causes widespread travel disruption

PA

38/50 3 March 2019

Christopher Hepworth with partner Tanisha Prince (right) on their way to victory in the annual UK Wife Carrying Race at The Nower in Dorking, Surrey

PA

39/50 2 March 2019

Police officers search near the scene on St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill, east London following the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old girl on Friday night. Police were called to reports of a knife attack in the Romford area by the ambulance service at 9.25pm. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene just over an hour later. Her next of kin have been informed and detectives from the Metropolitan Police have launched a murder investigation

PA

40/50 1 March 2019

Great Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Niamh Emerson celebrate after winning gold and silver medals in the women’s pentathlon at the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow

Getty


41/50 28 February 2019

A painting, believed to be the second version of “Judith Beheading Holofernes” by Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, is picutred during a photocall in London following its restoration. – The 400-year-old canvas — depicting the beheading of an Assyrian general, Holofernes, by Judith from the biblical Book of Judith — was found in 2014 when the owners of a house near the southwestern city of Toulouse in France, were investigating a leak in the ceiling. It is a burst of violence painted in haunting tones by a Renaissance master worth at least $100 million — or yet another fake distressing the art world.

AFP/Getty

42/50 27 February 2019

Dozens of firefighters worked through the night to battle a major moorland blaze in West Yorkshire. More than 1.5sq km of Saddleworth Moor was ablaze in the early hours of Wednesday morning after the UK’s hottest winter day on record

Reuters

43/50 26 February 2019

Alastair Cook after he received his knighthood at Buckingham Palace

PA

44/50 25 February 2019

Nobby the polar bear cools down at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park during unseasonably warm weather. The park was covered in a blanket of snow at the end of February 2018 as the UK was hit by sub-zero temperatures. Forecasters have said that after this weekend’s warm weather, temperatures later this week should return to normal

PA


45/50 24 February 2019

Olivia Colman won the best actress in a leading role award for ‘The Favourite’ at the 91st Academy Awards in Hollywood

PA

46/50 23 February 2019

Former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson seen on the big screen as he addresses a protest over the BBC’s Panorama programme outside the BBC in MediaCityUK, Salford

PA

47/50 22 February 2019

A girl takes a photo of her dog with daffodils in St James’s Park in London

PA

48/50 21 February 2019

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and the party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Departing the European Union Keir Starmer leave a meeting with European Union Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels

Reuters


49/50 20 February 2019

Chris Leslie, Gavin Shuker, Chuka Umunna and Mike Gapes, (middle row, left to right) Angela Smith, Luciana Berger and Ann Coffey, (front row, left to right) Sarah Woollaston, Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Joan Ryan, following a press conference for the Independent Group where the three Conservative MPs, Woollaston, Allen and Soubry, announced their resignation from the party

PA

50/50 19 February 2019

A full moon sets near Whitley Bay, North Tyneside as the sun begins to rise, ahead of the super snow moon on Tuesday evening

PA

“This latest news is extremely worrying,” said the charity’s chair, the Rev Stephen Terry. “Parents are entitled to their views on sexuality and morality, and to set these beliefs before their children. 

“A school’s task is to set out different views and approaches in society, with an overall duty to tackle prejudice and foster good relations between people of different characteristics.

“Teachers should be actively supported in this regard, not undermined.”

Mr Terry added it was difficult to see the protests “as anything other than homophobic and intolerant”.

Schools in Greater Manchester have been contacted by parents who are worried about relationships and sex education lessons that cover LGBT+ rights, it has been reported.

The charity Humanists UK has said the move to stop teaching LGBT+ classes, after parents raised religious concerns, was “very alarming”.

Richy Thompson, director of public affairs and policy at the charity, said: “Schools have an important role to educate students about all types of relationships and that includes teaching respect and tolerance for LGBT+ people.

“They also have a duty to protect the wellbeing of all of their students, including LGBT+ students who are at higher risk of bullying without such education.

“We urge the Department for Education to take a strong stand and support these schools in reinstating LGBT+ lessons back into the classrooms.”


Birmingham teacher Andrew Moffat shortlisted for Global Teacher Prize

Earlier this month, schools watchdog Ofsted concluded the LGBT+ lessons at Parkfield Community School were age-appropriate.

The No Outsiders programme, which teaches about the Equality Act, was introduced four years ago by the school’s assistant head, Andrew Moffat, who is a finalist for a global top teaching award.

Pupils are taught about the positive values of diversity, tolerance and acceptance, in a curriculum encompassing LGBT+ rights, same-sex relationships, gender identity, race, religion and colour.

Mr Moffat, who is gay, told The Independent he believed his openness about his sexuality triggered the opposition. In recent weeks, he has been threatened and targeted amid protests.  

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