Britain’s primary schools should not be intimidated into creating a pro-LGBT curriculum, the Christian Institute has warned.
Last year, a guide published by gay rights lobby group Stonewall made the assertion that Ofsted, the government’s education watchdog, would be ‘watching schools’ to make sure that lessons have been made LGBT-inclusive.
The 60-page guide says, ‘The Ofsted framework directs inspectors to look at a school’s efforts to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and how the school supports the needs of distinct groups of students, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans students, and those with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans parents/carers’.
However, the wording of the guide as a whole suggests LGBT teaching should be included across the curriculum, which is not something Ofsted has required.
For example, the guide suggests those teaching Religious Education to five to seven-year-olds should ‘plan their own school-based Pride celebration’ as part of work on festivals. Yet Ofsted has said it respects schools’ autonomy over its curriculum.
The guide also said, ‘Ofsted … and the Independent Schools Inspectorate will look to see that you are doing this’.
But the Christian Institute’s Education Officer John Denning said, ‘This document seems designed to intimidate schools. Ofsted isn’t specifically looking for the type of content Stonewall recommends.
‘The regulator is clear, bullying should not be tolerated, but it does not present such a narrow perspective as Stonewall. Schools must educate, not indoctrinate’.