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Ofsted told to keep out of ‘identity politics’

April 2019

Ofsted chief, Amanda Spielman SOURCE gov.uk
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Ofsted should focus on the quality of education and not ‘identity politics’, says The Christian Institute.

The group called for the government inspectorate to ditch its obsession with forcing primary school children to learn about same-sex relationships.

It comes in the wake of remarks made to the BBC by the head of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman.

She defended LGBT lessons, saying they were ‘about making sure [children] know just enough to know that some people prefer not to get married to somebody of the opposite sex and that sometimes there are families that have two mummies or two daddies.

‘It’s about making sure that children who do happen to realise that they themselves may not fit a conventional pattern know that they’re not bad or ill’.

Colin Hart, Director of The Christian Institute, said: ‘Amanda Spielman’s remarks are not going to help. It’s LGBT issues that we always seem to be hearing about.

‘Parents want Ofsted to ensure the quality of education. They don’t want Ofsted side-tracked into identity politics.

‘The fact that same-sex marriage exists is something that can be covered in secondary schools. Not every controversial issue has to be covered in primary schools’.