The primary headteacher attacked by SPUC for trying to tackle homophobia

‘A dark and horrible episode’ at a Birmingham school involving a group of parents has led to calls for ministers to openly back schools teaching diversity programmes

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Jamie Barry turned up at Welford primary school on 3 October expecting a routine meeting of the twice termly parents’ forum – about 20 mums and dads, there to discuss issues such as the annual community festivals and home-school diaries. Instead, the headteacher found five times that number of parents and one item on the agenda: the Birmingham school’s recent introduction of a range of teaching materials called Chips – Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools.

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Some parents had been supported by Safe at School, a campaign run by the anti-abortion group the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (Spuc), which had emailed them a list of questions and comments to make. “Teaching children about sexual orientation isn’t making them safe,” point 12 says. “It’s putting ideas into children’s heads.”

SPUC hides behind anti-abortion to stop any prevention agains tackling homophobia – easy said they support bullying !


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