Making sure there are no outsiders

“Parents cannot opt out of knowing that I exist.” That was one of the comments as UNISON’s LGBT conference discussed inclusive education and it was met with loud applause. Speaker James Anthony is from the West Midlands, where protests outside Parkfield Primary School in Birmingham, against the teaching of the No Outsiders scheme, have made national headlines. The protests at Parkfield have been primarily among Muslim parents, who have been misled about the nature of the teaching. No Outsiders “isn’t about sex education,” stressed Mr Anthony. “It’s storybooks showing that parents can happen to be the same gender – it’s not saying, ‘ohh, you should give this a try’.” He went on to explain that “good work happened with the parents at Parkfield”. The protests have stopped there, but have moved to another school, where homophobic abuse outside the school has been witnessed. Campaigns against inclusive education have supporters across religious groups, together with the likes of The Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child, which also opposes abortion as well as equal marriage and assisted suicide. Pauline Bacon from the Eastern region says that No Outsiders is based on the Equality Act. Its creator, openly gay teacher Andrew Moffat, had been using it for almost a decade with no problems, until someone picked it up in local press. “Children are being brought up to understand that ...
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