MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — (07-07-23) — Parents opposed to “LGBT Materials” being shown to their children showed up to protest outside of the Birchfields Primary School on Thursday.
According to local news outlets, roughly 100 people gathered for the anti-LGBT rally at the Birchfields Primary School, where pupils have also been kept off lessons.
They held signs reading “stop sexualizing our children” and “too much, too soon”, typical homophobic slurs that the LGBT community have been subjected to for decades.
The school said it was “working closely with parents” to address issues raised about the government-set curriculum.
The Department for Education said “The education secretary had brought forward an urgent review of the curriculum to make sure teaching is age-appropriate and based in fact”.
Over the past four days, hundreds of children have been kept off lessons at the school in Fallowfield over the content in the curriculum.
Protesters called for all LGBT material to be restricted to relationship and sexuality education (RSE) classes only.
Protest organizer Mohammed Sajjad, whose children attends the school said “really frustrated..We just want an open and honest discussion with teachers regarding the material being shown and how it’s being delivered.” said Sajjad.
The school said that after consulting parents it had “never taught sex education” but had “successfully taught relationship education”.
A school representative said…”We are proud of the impact this has on us being a welcoming and inclusive school where children thrive and are happy. Some parents have recently expressed concern about the content of this curriculum, which is set by the Department for Education, and we’re working closely with parents to address the issues raised.” said the school representative.
Manchester City Council said concerns had been “expressed by a small number of parents” and that it was hoping to “resolve the issues. We want all our children and young people to grow up understanding and respecting differences between people,” said the Manchester City Council in a joint statement.
The authority urged parents “not to disrupt learning”, adding that children and staff had the right to go to school “without fear and interruption”.
A spokesperson for the Department of Education said “schools should not be a place of conflict and pupils and teachers should not have to face protests”.
“Parents should be able to view all curriculum materials, and we have written to schools recently to remind them of the importance of this, particularly in relation to sensitive subjects like relationships and sex education,” they added.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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