The Department for Education has issued advice to schools on how to respond to parental protests over LGBT teaching creeping into Relationships and Sex Education.
The advice is so secret and explosive it appears nowhere on the DfE website.
A whistleblower has leaked it to Christian organisations. Here it is: RSA Advice for LAs on protests FINAL pdf
Anglican Mainstream is holding a conference on the whole RSE issue on Saturday 12th October in Harrow. Tickets are £25 from Eventbrite.
Speakers include Miriam Grossman MD, author of ‘You’re Teaching My Child What?’, Amir Ahmed, Birmingham RSE Challenger; Linda Rose of Voice for Justice, Dr Lisa Nolland from Anglican Mainstream and Dr Tom Rogers of SPUC. Tom was also the recent Christian People’s Alliance candidate in the Peterborough by-election.
The conference will focus on a parental response to the Government’s new Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum for England in September 2020.
Lisa Nolland said: We do not believe the state should take other people’s children and teach them unhelpful, even damaging, ideologies that their parents (and science) disagree with.’
The speakers will show how parents can deal with these issues, including how to approach headteachers to protect children from LGBT ideologies.
The DfE advice is entitled ‘Primary school disruption over LGBT teaching / Relationships Education: Advice for Local Authorities on steps to manage issues.’
It is specifically aimed at handling parental protests over LGBT teaching outside Primary schools. The DfE paper is targetted at Local Authorities, but may also have gone to primary head teachers.
As Voice for Justice point out, the DfE advice is not conciliatory in the slightest. Nor does it reconsider ‘the wisdom of promoting values so clearly at variance with those of all the major religions.’
Instead, it is all about how to squash emerging protests and how to use the law to clamp down on opposition. It advises schools to engage with the media ‘carefully’. Statements should ‘avoid detail’. Schools should only undertake media activity after they have taken advice from the local authority. Heads might not have ‘expertise’ and could ‘inflame the situation’, you see.
Organisations campaigning and organising!
From September 2020, ‘Relationships Education’ will be compulsory in all schools, including primaries. Homosexual propaganda is concealed in this subject, rather than in Sex Education.
The advice complains: ‘Some organisations are opposed to the introduction of these subjects, or to some of the expected content set out in the statutory guidance for the subjects, and have been campaigning nationally against the subjects and organising locally to encourage parents to influence their schools’ teaching. The majority of the objections relate to the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) content, particularly in primary schools.’
The Local Authority will want to monitor home education if parents withdraw their children. Moreover, they are advised to clamp down on ‘disruptive protests’ by parents.
Early signs of discontent
Parents are usually encouraged to speak to teachers about relationships education, but in the DfE advice, such questions are ‘early signs of a ‘coordinated campaign’. Parent meetings are another sign, especially when organised by ‘SRE Islamic’ or ‘Stop RSE’. So is the emergence of ‘WhatsApp groups’ or ‘other social media, such as facebook’ discussing concerns over RSE and LGBT teaching.
Local Authorities should ‘get intelligence’ then move to mollify parents with meetings and letters. They might even ‘offer to review school Relationships Education policies’. Such a review will go nowhere. The LA should secure a joint statement from councillors calling for ‘calm parental engagement’. It should also express ‘strong support for Relationships Education and/or teaching about LGBT.’ Schools should ‘Work with faith leaders in your area to secure support’. They should also ‘engage your community policing colleagues as early as possible’.
Clamp down on protests
If there is a hint of actual protests, LAs and schools should be considering legal action. They will need evidence, but should think about applying for an injunction. They could use the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The advice suggests they make a Public Space Protection Order or even pass a new bye-law.
If protests start, schools should hold a group meeting with the parent protesters and faith leaders. If children are withdrawn from school they should also take ‘enforcement action against the parents for unauthorised absence from school’. In practice, if a critical mass of parents do that, any school or LA will back down.
Schools should also have ‘a Council officer’ present at any protests. They can ‘collect evidence of the disruption and be ready to report any suspected criminal behaviour.’
Intelligence and support
The document is keen on supporting schools and engaging with parents. However, it nowhere suggests schools should back down and remove even the worst examples of homosexual propaganda.
Finally, it encourages LAs to pass on intelligence (which it calls ‘intel’ to the DfE:
‘It is important that you pass on intel to DfE about disquiet in your local area and signs that this might be building towards disruptive activity. DfE can better support LAs if there is a real time picture of issues in local areas and patterns of activities.
‘Send any local intelligence to the following email address: [email protected]
It is very encouraging that the DfE is worried enough about the parental protests over LGBT RSE to issue this advice. The protests are clearly having an impact at the highest level.
However, why is the UK Government so committed to riding roughshod over parental rights?