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Tower Hamlets parents protest about abuse of science National Curriculum

24 June 2013

Primary schools have been teaching children about sex in compulsory science lessons, with their parents unable to withdraw them

Parents in Tower Hamlets will be taking to the street to protest about children being taught about sex in science lessons, which they claim is an abuse of the National Curriculum.

While children at Arnhem Wharf Primary School, E14 3RP, are having a statutory science lesson on the afternoon of 26 June, parents from around the borough will be staging a protest outside the school against the content of the lesson taking place inside.

Safe at School is supporting the protest which has been organised by the Tower Hamlets Parents Action Group - SRE. [SPUC, 22 June]

Help us stop science lessons being used to teach sex to primary school children

SPUC's Safe at School campaign has campaigned vigorously against the abuse of the National Curriculum for science at Key Stages 1 and 2. Primary schools around the country have been teaching children about sex in compulsory science lessons from which their parents cannot withdraw them.

This is a blatant attack on parents’ rights to protect their children from sex lessons they consider inappropriate. [John Smeaton, 20 June] Action points:

  • Parents of primary school children should ask to see the lesson plans for science classes to find out if sex is being taught
  • Parents should contact Safe at School straight away if their child’s primary school is abusing the national curriculum
  • Order copies of the latest edition of SPUC's campaign bulletin on sex and relationships education - by email to or by telephoning 020 7091 7091

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