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November 2020
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School worker loses wrongful dismissal case over LGBT social media postings

A Christian school worker who was sacked for criticising LGBT lessons on Facebook has lost her appeal. Kristie Higgs, 44, was dismissed for gross misconduct by Farmor’s School in Fairford, Gloucestershire, last year after sharing two Facebook posts. At an employment tribunal in Bristol, she claims her sacking breached her freedom of speech and…

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November 2020
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Government guidance on gender lessons welcomed

Christian groups have welcomed guidance from the Department of Education (DfE) which says schools must not use gender stereotypes to tell children they might be transgender. In new guidance for schools on how to plan their Relationships and Sex Education curriculum, the DfE told teachers to present equality issues in a balanced way. The…

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October 2020
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Christian Heritage Centre receives Mayflower painting

One positive aspect of recent lockdown conditions has been the opportunity for many to tidy up, sort out, and even rediscover household objects and keepsakes they forgot they ever had. Some of these forgotten treasures of local and wider interest are donated to the Christian Heritage Centre in Rowley Regis. A recent addition took…

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May 2020
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Council drops sex education lessons fearing legal challenge

Warwickshire County Council has ditched a highly inappropriate scheme of sex education lessons after lawyers warned of legal action. The lessons were aimed at young children in primary school. They encouraged masturbation and included ‘gratuitously graphic’ sexual images but there was no reference to marriage. Lawyers acting for The Christian Institute notified the council…

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April 2020
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Council apologises for drag queen primary school visit

A local council has apologised to parents who were outraged after a drag queen not only visited their children’s primary school but also put pictures of the visit on his Instagram page. The drag queen, called ‘Flowjob’, joined SNP MP Mhairi Black at Glencoates Primary School in Paisley to mark LGBT History month. But…

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March 2020
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Council on the brink of facing legal case over sex education

Warwickshire County Council is on the verge of facing a legal challenge over a controversial and ‘misleading’ policy for implementing Relationship and Sex Education in primary schools under its care. Lawyers acting on behalf of The Christian Institute have written to the council, raising concerns over what the Institute calls a ‘catalogue of errors’.…

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January 2020
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Stonewall made false claims of Ofsted scrutiny

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,…

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January 2020
News > Education > Uncategorised

Church of England sex lessons charter criticised

The Church of England has published a charter on relationships and sexual health education (RSHE), but critics say it just panders to the culture. General Synod member Andrea Williams (who is also Director of Christian Concern) said, ‘This charter fails to protect teachers, governors and children who wish to state and uphold the Church’s…

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December 2019
News > Education > Ethics

New guide to debunk schools equality myths

A new guide for parents and pupils aims to debunk the myths surrounding what schools in Great Britain are required to do because of the Equality Act. The guide is called Equipped for Equality and is published by The Christian Institute. It is written primarily for parents and pupils, although others may find it…

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November 2019
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Parents in Wales could lose sex lessons opt out

Parents in Wales could lose their right to remove their children from sex and relationship classes under Welsh Government plans. The proposal is currently part of an eight-week consultation. A previous consultation found that 89 per cent of respondents backed the right of parents to take children out of the classes. But Education Minister…

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November 2019
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Christian couple hits national headlines following ET sex education interview

A Christian couple have hit the national headlines after they shared their story in September’s Evangelical Times of how they made a principled stand against their school’s sex education programme. Following ET’s publication of an interview with Matthew and Naomi Seymour in September a number of national media organisations picked up on the story.…

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October 2019
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BBC show replicates same-sex relationship lesson

The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has featured a controversial children’s story book, And Tango Makes Three, which is about two gay penguins raising a chick together. The show invited a headteacher to read the book aloud and replicate a relationship lesson in front of an adult studio audience. The headteacher comes from a school…

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