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DfE Advice on disruption over LGBT Teaching

08/10/2019

​​There have been recent challenges around teaching about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and families in primary schools in some areas of the country. This has resulted in protests outside two primary schools in Birmingham and concerns from parents in other areas of the country. DfE has been working with relevant local authorities in recent months to help with activity underway to support schools facing parental concerns and to counter misinformation. 

Over the summer, the DfE brought together the lessons learned from the activity and the work they have seen happening in various local authorities into a PowerPoint​. For more information and a copy of this, please speak to your Head of Education and Early Years. 

This advice is designed to support schools in taking action if they become aware of parental concerns about teaching of equality / LGBT / relationships education in primary schools. It also offers advice if, despite best efforts, parental concerns reach the point of active disruption to schools, as seen last academic year in Birmingham. 

Schools should keep the DfE informed of any activity of this nature that they are aware of, and can go to them if, having tried the activities in the advice, they see the situation escalate.​