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Birmingham school suspends lessons on LGBTQ education following parent protest

The school held 'No Outsiders' classes which taught LGBTQ issues as part of

2019-03-05

A school has suspended lessons on LGBTQ education following a protest by parents.

Parkfield Community School, in Birmingham, held ‘No Outsiders in Our School’ lessons which involves teaching LGBTQ issues as part of Religious and Sex Education.

However, last week, around 600 students were kept at home after parents complained that the lessons promote homosexuality.

Andrew Moffat, the assistant head teacher at the school, started project at the Muslim-majority primary school to promote equality and diversity, which has included lessons on LGBT families and the 2010 Equality Act.

The move led to a petition from angry parents calling for an end to the classes, and protests have regularly taken place outside the school this term.

But now, the school has confirmed that the lessons will not be delivered in the year long curriculum plan as the half term has ‘already been blocked for religious education’.

In a statement to parents, the school said: “Up to the end of this term, we will not be delivering any No Outsiders lessons in our long term year curriculum plan, as this half term has already been blocked for religious education (RE).

“Equality assemblies will continue as normal and our welcoming No Outsiders ethos will be there for all.”