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RSE: The Way Forward
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RSE: The Way Forward

Launch of RSE report challenging the Government   On Tuesday, 11th September, the Lords and Commons Family and Child Protection Group, chaired by Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP, and jointly Convened by Revd Lynda Rose, CEO of VfJUK, and Robert Harris, launched its Report on Relationships and Sex Education: The Way Forward.  The Report is in…

Halal Meat in Schools
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Halal Meat in Schools

The issue of Halal meat in Schools In July of this year, Lancashire Council became the first in the UK to ban unstunned halal meat from being served in schools. Not all providers of halal meat will not stun the animal prior to slaughter, but The Lancashire Council of Mosques argued that the halal slaughter…

A Moral Vision for RSE
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A Moral Vision for RSE

Statutory Relationships and Sex Education: Exploring the moral complexities   In recent months Western culture has experienced a renewed crisis in how we relate to each other sexually. The #MeToo Campaign has burst open a tide of anger and long-held resentment about how individuals have experienced the sexual responses and behaviours of others. But in a Radio Times…

Govt. Advice Unlawful?
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Govt. Advice Unlawful?

DfE Draft Advice Legally Flawed? In The Times this Friday, a leading academic and public law barrister is quoted in an article headlined – Making schools teach about same-sex marriage ‘would be unlawful’. Christopher McCrudden, a professor of human rights and equality law at Queen’s University Belfast, has said that the Department for Education’s Independent…

Ofsted & the New Hypocrisy
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Ofsted & the New Hypocrisy

Is there joined up government? Listen to these three announcements ∗∗∗ all in the space of 3 days last week. ∗∗∗ Firstly, Amanda Spielman Head of Ofsted, commented on July 18th on a report Ofsted issued that found no link between efforts to tackle obesity and pupils’ weight in schools. “There is a broader temptation…

Advice or State Totalitarianism?
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Advice or State Totalitarianism?

The [Draft] Independent Schools Standards: Advice for Independent Schools (March 2018): A Manifesto for State Totalitarianism Executive Summary The new draft advice (March 2018) for the Independent Schools Standards (2014) details how independent schools can demonstrate the way in which they have fulfilled their obligation to actively promote and enforce LGBT ideology under the guise…

State-Promoted Indoctrination
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State-Promoted Indoctrination

State-promoted ideological indoctrination  In a speech at the LGBT Pride reception at Downing Street on July 3rd, Prime Minister Theresa May proudly announced, ‘We will continue our investment in programmes to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools, protecting LGBT students and making acceptance and understanding the default.’  She went on to say, ‘A…

Parents Protest Pride Parade
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Parents Protest Pride Parade

According to the London Evening Standard, a Croydon primary school was “forced to hold an event celebrating ‘Pride’ in private after a group of parents threatened to protest at a playground parade.” Heavers Farm Primary School was planning an LGBT event featuring a “Proud to be Me!” parade at the school watched by families. The…