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RHSE and Safeguarding

(The following is the text of a talk Lynda gave recently at a conference hosted by the Marriage, Sex and Culture Group. It describes safeguarding issues relating to Relationship, Health and Sex Education (RHSE) teaching, currently being rolled out to all schools.  Parents especially need to know what their children are being taught and the harms to which they’re…

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Family Lives Matter

TODAY is the ‘Global Day of Parents’. The United Nations has affirmed that, in celebrating this day, nations around the world should recognise that the family has the primary responsibility for nurturing and protecting children. This day appreciates parents for their ‘selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship’. The UK has been…

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Discrimination is alive and well … and directed at Christians

Respected fee-paying school Trent College, near Nottingham, founded in 1868, recently reported its chaplain, Reverend Dr Bernard Randall, to the Government’s anti-terrorism Prevent programme, designed to protect the vulnerable from radicalisation and recruitment into terrorist activity.   Good heavens!  What on earth was the Reverend doctor’s offence?  Had he been indoctrinating pupils into fundamentalist beliefs that encouraged the slaughter…

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Is Education in Wales just Ideology?

The Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill 2021 The Bill became law in March 2021. The “Religion, Values and Ethics” element which is included in it encompasses compulsory lessons on atheism and “non-religious” views for all pupils. Therefore, at the same time as spiritual elements being included in the curriculum, they are being undermined by setting them in a…

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This misguided meddling in home education

PARENTS in Britain have historically decided the method and manner of their child’s education; it has been in the child’s best interests for parents to make primary decisions about their needs. This freedom has enabled many parents to home educate, believing that the benefits to doing so would outweigh the significant financial, career and social sacrifices they’d make to facilitate it. Research shows that home-educated children often academically…

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Christian coalition challenges headteachers on RSE responsibilities

This month, in the face of rising concerns from parents, the Christian Coalition for Education (CCFE), supported by ParentPower, has taken extensive measures to challenge and advise headteachers across the country of their responsibilities regarding Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE). Separate letters have been sent to primary and secondary headteachers. With the RSE programmes set to…

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Lovewise resources for secondary RSE

It has been disturbing to see so many recent testimonies of sexual abuse in secondary schools. There is clearly a growing problem in how many teenagers relate to one another. Without a doubt increased sexual expression, both in and out of school, has been fuelled by the ever-more prevalent availability of pornographic material. Sexualised material…

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We warned them!

News has broken this Easter-time of horrific reports of child-on-child sexual abuse and harassment across the nation’s schools (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/schools-cover-up-sexual-abuse-by-pupils-htqjjx05s).  There have apparently been thousands of anonymous testimonies of serious sexual abuse and rape in schools from students and alumni.     Soma Sara, who founded the website Everyone’s Invited, to provide a platform for her friends where they could share stories of…