Parkfield Community School in Birmingham has agreed to suspend its LGBT-promoting ‘No Outsiders’ programme until a resolution is reached with parents.
Earlier this month families began protesting against the school for “aggressively promoting homosexuality” through the scheme, but a school representative insisted they would continue to teach it.
Having initially refused to axe the pro-LGBT material, it has now suspended the lessons indefinitely.
Assistant Head Andrew Moffatt introduced his ‘No Outsiders’ material to teach children about ‘British values’ and the Equality Act 2010.
But parents said the lessons are used to push his personal preferences, ‘brainwashing’ their children by promoting homosexual and transgender lifestyles.
Modules for eight-year olds on marriage and family use the books ‘King and King’, about a homosexual prince, and ‘Mommy, Mama and Me’, about a child with two female parents.
Mr Moffatt has also admitted using a photo of a pro-gay marriage demonstration in one of his sessions – potentially breaching UK law requiring schools to approach political issues in a balanced way.
A welcomed decision
Ofsted Chief Amanda Spielman backed the school, and dismissed parents’ concerns.
But Parkfield now says: “Until a resolution has been reached, No Outsiders lessons will not be taught at Parkfield and we hope that children will not be removed from school”.
Parents have welcomed the decision and called off planned protests.