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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…

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“Slap in the face” to parents

Safe at School reacts angrily to Damian Hinds’ ruling that parents have to ask the headteacher’s permission to withdraw their children from sex education SPUC Safe at School, a leading parents’ advocacy group, has reacted angrily to Damian Hinds’ statement today on sex education, in particular his emphasis on ‘LGBT issues’ and the fact that…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Speak out for parents!

HOME EDUCATION CONSULTATION CLOSES NEXT MONDAY 2ND JULY The Government has been holding a ‘call for evidence on home education’ – the consultation closes at 11.59pm on Monday 2nd July. The Government appears to favour introducing a mandatory register for parents who home educate. This may sound reasonable but it undermines an incredibly important principle…

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Children at risk from porn

TV Doctor wants 12 year olds shown hardcore pornography in class Dr Christian Jessen, popular presenter of C4’s Embarrassing Bodies, is promoting hardcore pornography in school lessons for children as young as 12. In a recent newspaper interview the 41 year old claims it would be “very helpful” to “make kids cringe and squirm” by getting them…

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Home Ed Parents Sidelined!

Home Educating Parents Sidelined! On 10th  April 2018, the Department for Education (DfE) published significant new draft Guidance for Home Education in England. This all seemed very reasonable, with the guidance subject to a public consultation ending on 2nd July:    https://consult.education.gov.uk/school-frameworks/home-education-call-for-evidence-and-revised-dfe-a/ However, there was one major omission in the Government’s approach to this matter…

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Parental Rights Overturned

Gillick competence + GDPR = Parental rights overturned Background: From April 2015 patients registered with a GP in England have had the right to have online access to their medical records.  Up until May this year, an individual having parental responsibility for a child under 16, wishing to see the child’s medical record, could apply to…

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Support from David Kurten

Why has the government stopped listening to parents? It is a fundamental principle of British society that parents are the primary educators of their children. Unlike some other nations like Germany which has a ‘Schulpflicht’ – compulsory schooling – in the UK, parents are not required to send their children to a school. Most parents…