Diversity and equality lessons will resume next September in a Birmingham primary school after parent protests caused the programme’s temporary suspension, the school’s spokesperson announced last Wednesday.
Following consultations with parents and community leaders, Parkfield primary school revised the “No Outsiders” programme—now called “No Outsiders for a faith community.”
Parents were concerned that the curriculum actively promoted same-sex relationships and transgender identity.
The scheme introduces children to characteristics protected by the Equality Act—race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability and gender reassignment.
One local mother denounced the resources as “biased towards LGBTQ” and “confusing” for pupils. Rather than “tackling equality,” others argued the lessons were “indoctrinating” children so as to “queer” them.
Independent educational watchdog Ofsted cleared Parkfield school in March, lauding its “outstanding” approach to fostering “tolerance, acceptance, and mutual respect” and finding the “No Outsider” lessons age-appropriate.
But parents still feel unheard, particularly after the High Court banned them from protesting around a nearby school and Education Secretary Damian Hinds stated parents may not veto curricula they disagree with.
The debate underpins the tension between respecting communities’ religious beliefs and following UK-wide legislation on tolerance.
How should schools balance cultural sensitivities with teaching children the importance of equality?