Birmingham LGBT school headteacher: ‘We have never taught sex'

Birmingham LGBT school headteacher: ‘We have never taught sex'

Protesters outside Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham

Friday, June 7, 2019

The headteacher of the primary school facing protests against LGBT relationships lessons has said teachers “have never taught sex here”.

Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham has been at the centre of nine weeks’ of protests by parents angry at the teaching of LGBT relationships.

Protesters have accused Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson’s school of “sexualising” the pupils and using the children “as pawns” by teaching LGBT equality which over-emphasises a "gay ethos".

However, Ms Hewitt-Clarkson told Schools Week: “We have never taught sex here. Some primary schools do, but we don’t, and we never will.”

More protests are expected on Friday despite the council securing an injunction banning the demonstrations from taking place within an exclusion zone around the school.

Demonstrators have described seeking an injunction as "unjust" and "irresponsible".



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Shaida Rashid, a parent protesting against the LGBT materials, said that the school has attempted to “silence the parents’ voices”.

Speaking at Friday’s demonstration, she said: “As mothers we spend sleepless nights while raising our children. Now, additional restless nights have been inflicted on us with us worrying about their innocence being taken away.

“This is not only an attempt to silence parents but to take away our legal parental rights.”

She added: “The school has ignored the rights of the parents by not consulting with them.”

Protests have been sparked over some parents' concerns about elements of the teaching materials, including two books: one about two male penguins who raise an egg, and another about a boy who wears a dress.

Ms Hewitt-Clarkson suggested that the school only talks about homosexuality a "0.5 per cent of the time". 

"When you read all these news reports or listen to these protesters, you’d think we talk about being gay the whole time," she said. 

“It’s probably 0.5 per cent of the time, but because it’s here there and everywhere, it’s just normal.

“It’s not a lesson. It’s not a special week. It’s tiny, but it’s the most valuable thing we can talk about.”

This comes after West Midlands Police, whose chief constable had called for an end to the mega-phone led demonstrations outside the school gates, said it was investigating malicious messages sent to the head.

A new High Court hearing has already been scheduled to hear from anyone objecting to the injunction, on June 10.

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