Ofsted acting like ‘Big Brother’ over compulsory same sex school lessons for children
21 February 2019
A leading parents’ advocacy group has accused Ofsted of ignoring the human rights of mums and dads, as the row over compulsory same sex school lessons deepens.
Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has pronounced that nothing is going to get in the way of teaching every child about same sex couples, regardless of religious background.
Her dictat comes in the wake of the protests at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham where the “No Outsiders” programme is being used. Spielman defended the controversial lessons saying it is crucial children are exposed to differences in society and that it is important children knew "there are families that have two mummies or two daddies".
But Antonia Tully of the SPUC Safe at School campaign said that this amounts to a serious contravention of human rights.
“Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) guarantees everyone’s ‘right to a private and family life’ and has been defended in a recent UK Supreme Court judgement, in which, in a withering verdict the court stated:
‘The first thing that a totalitarian regime tries to do is to get to the children, to distance them from the subversive, varied influences of their families, and indoctrinate them in their rulers’ view of the world. Within limits, families must be left to bring up their children in their own way’.”
“As we approach September 2020 when Relationships Education becomes a compulsory subject in all schools in England, parents are becoming more and more concerned about how they will protect their children. The Big Brother nightmare will then become a reality for all parents who will not be allowed to withdraw their children from these lessons, no matter what is being taught.
“The Government is determined to trample over the rights of parents to bring up their children in line with their own values. And it’s not just parents with a religious faith who will undermined. You don’t have to have a religious faith to want to protect your child against inappropriate teaching on intimate matters about sexuality and relationships.”
Amanda Spielman’s ruling comes just days ahead of a debate in Parliament triggered by 100,000 signatures calling on the Government “to give parents the right to opt their children out of Relationship and Sex Education”.
SPUC Safe at School Has sent nearly 250,000 campaign postcards to parents, grandparents and other concerned citizens across England calling on the Secretary of State to do a U-turn on the legislation which prohibits parents from taking their children out of Relationships Education lessons.
Mrs Tully said:
“The Government has got to start listening to parents. The response to our campaign has been phenomenal and shows that the Government has overstepped the mark in insisting that children learn about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender relationships. Parents will not put up with their children being indoctrinated in this way.
"We are witnessing a massive state interference in family life, where parents are being undermined in bringing up their children in line with their own values and beliefs about human relationships and sexuality.”
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Antonia Tully, SPUC Director of Campaigns, can be contacted on: