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.