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Open Letter to the PM – End political exploitation in schools by Stonewall

The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP  Prime Minister 10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA    Dear Prime Minister,  Political exploitation by Stonewall and safeguarding issues in schools   We the undersigned are concerned by the large number of Government departments reportedly severing ties with Stonewall, following accusations of unacceptable intimidation, bullying and harassment of those who disagree with their views (Stonewall Facing…

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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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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…

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RSE Regulations postponed again!

A big thank you to all those who wrote to their MP requesting delay to allow time for proper preparation Apparently, the adage that every cloud has a silver lining may be true.  In the Department for Education’s latest Guidance, issued in February and aimed at minimising transmission of the coronavirus Covid-19 in schools post-lockdown, they…

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Action Alert: Delay Relationships & Sex Education until parents have been consulted

Important Message from SPUC Safe at School  The new compulsory subjects of Relationships Education in primary schools and Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) in secondary schools, officially came into force in ALL schools in England in September 2020. The new regulations state that parents must be consulted before the governing body of a school makes its RSE policy.  However, due…

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New RSE Regulations – Are they legally accurate?

New RSE Regulations, passed in 2019, were due to come into force in schools from September 2020, though their implementation has been held over till the summer term of this year due to the pandemic. They cover a range of issues to do with behaviour, relationships, sexuality, sexual orientation and gender, raising profound moral issues that have divided humankind throughout history.  Michael Petek, in this…