Birmingham school stops LGBT lessons after parents protest

Assistant headteacher Andrew Moffat with pupils at Parkfield community school in Birmingham.

 Assistant headteacher Andrew Moffat with pupils at Parkfield community school in Birmingham. Photograph: David Sillitoe/The Guardian

A primary school that taught pupils about homosexuality as part of a programme to challenge homophobia has stopped the lessons after hundreds of children were withdrawn by parents in protest.

Parkfield community school in Saltley, Birmingham, has been the scene of weekly protests over the lessons, which parents claim are promoting gay and transgender lifestyles.

In a letter to parents, the school said: “Up to the end of this term, we will not be delivering any No Outsiders lessons in our long-term year curriculum plan, as this half term has already been blocked for religious education (RE). Equality assemblies will continue as normal and our welcoming No Outsiders ethos will be there for all.”

On Friday about 600 Muslim children, aged between four and 11, were withdrawn from the school for the day, parents said. The school would not confirm the number.

The school made clear that it had never intended to continue the No Outsiders lessons this half term and confirmed that the lessons would resume only after a full consultation with every parent.

Last month, the Guardian reported that the assistant headteacher of the school was forced to defend the lessons after 400 predominantly Muslim parents signed a petition calling for them to be dropped from the curriculum.

Andrew Moffat, who was awarded an MBE for his work in equality education, said he was threatened and targeted via a leaflet campaign after the school piloted the No Outsiders programme. Its ethos is to promote LGBT equality and challenge homophobia in primary schools.

Moffat, the author of Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools who is currently shortlisted for a world’s best teacher award, resigned from another primary school – Chilwell Croft academy, also in Birmingham – after a similar dispute with Muslim and Christian parents.

Parents have been protesting outside the Saltley school, which is rated as outstanding by Ofsted. At one protest they held signs that read “say no to promoting of homosexuality and LGBT ways of life to our children”, “stop exploiting children’s innocence”, and “education not indoctrination”.

Children from reception age through to year six were being taught five No Outsiders lessons a year, each one covering topics to meet requirements in the Equality Act. Books being read by the pupils include Mommy, Mama and Me, and King & King – stories about same-sex relationships and marriages.

However, after the inclusion of the programme in the curriculum, Moffat, who is in a civil partnership, faced protests and the removal of children from the school.

The school appealed to parents to stop the protests, saying they were “upsetting and disruptive” for the children.

In a letter to the parents, the trustee board of Excelsior Multi Academy Trust, which runs the school, confirmed that after a meeting between Andrew Warren, the regional schools commissioner for the West Midlands, parents, the trust, and Liam Byrne MP, it was decided that a full consultation would take place with parents.

The letter said: “The discussions were a helpful first step and identified the key issues that are concerning parents, including the ethos, the books, the age appropriateness, the lessons and the assemblies. The agreed outcome of the meeting was the need to have a discussion with the school community about the No Outsiders curriculum and how it should be delivered.”

The issue was first raised by Fatima Shah, who pulled her 10-year-old daughter out of the school, saying children were too young to be learning about same-sex marriages and LGBT rights in the classroom.

“We are not a bunch of homophobic mothers,” she said. “We just feel that some of these lessons are inappropriate. Some of the themes being discussed are very adult and complex and the children are getting confused.

“They need to be allowed to be children rather than having to constantly think about equalities and rights.”

Shabana Mahmood, the MP for Birmingham Ladywood, spoke out after parents in her constituency complained that primary schools were teaching their children about same-sex relationships.

She said parents did not oppose sex and relationship education, but felt their children were too young for some of the things being taught.

Speaking in a Commons debate, Mahmood said: “None of my constituents is seeking particular or differential opt-outs at secondary school level. It is all about the age appropriateness of conversations with young children in the context of religious backgrounds.”

Mahmood, who has backed gay rights legislation in the Commons including voting for same-sex marriage, said the government should ensure the rights of minorities were protected, but that included the rights of people with orthodox religious views, including some Jews and Christians as well as some Muslims.

However, the chief inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, supported the school, saying it was vital children knew about “families that have two mummies or two daddies”.

Byrne, whose constituency includes the school, has suggested parents, faith leaders in the Muslim community and the LGBT rights group Stonewall could work together on a curriculum.

The schools minister Nick Gibb said it was important for schools to take the religious beliefs of their pupils into account when they decide to deliver certain content to ensure topics were handled appropriately.

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An LGBT education would have spared me years of misery

Boy looking over his shoulder at school bullies

 ‘If we let those who are bigoted win this argument, the message is reinforced to every LGBT student that they are still outsiders and far less valued in this world.’ Photograph: Photoalto/REX/Shutterstock

Simon Jenkins agonises about the implications of LGBT education on parents, teachers and even on government ministers, but does not mention the most impacted group of all: LGBT pupils themselves (Sex education is not a matter for ministers, Opinion, 1 March). When I realised I was gay in the 1960s, I had absolutely nobody to turn to. Had just one person told me that I wasn’t sick, a criminal or a freak, it would have meant everything and spared me from years of lonely misery during what were supposed to be the best years of my life. Half a century later, LGBT youngsters are still far more likely to have mental health issues or to commit suicide. LGBT education can be an overwhelming factor in stopping all that. It should be mandatory in all schools – state or independent, religious of secular. If we let those who are bigoted, or just plain misguided, win this argument, the message is reinforced to every LGBT student that they are still outsiders and far less valued in this world. In a so-called civilised society, is this what we really want?
Alan Clark
London

 While I agree with Simon Jenkins that sex education is a difficult topic for all concerned, I cannot agree with his conclusion that schools, especially faith schools, should be allowed to opt out of teaching it. As an English teacher for many years, I always countered the casual use of “gay” as an insult in my classroom. On one occasion, when I explained to a class of 15-year-olds my objection to the implied belief that to be gay was bad, one boy declared: “Everyone here thinks it is.” When I challenged this he said: “OK, hands up anyone who disagrees.” Naturally, in that environment, no one was willing to put their head above the parapet. However, I then passed out slips of paper for everyone to write their views, and was thus able to prove to the boy that in fact many of his classmates thought otherwise even if the prevailing homophobic school culture prevented their feeling safe to say so to him. It was clear that this was the first time he had encountered any challenge to his (and I suspect his parents’) world view. That seemed to me to be a key part of my job – widen horizons and give a range of views an airing.

Statistically there are gay children in every classroom, and in every faith, whatever their parents may choose to believe, and we know from what gay people tell us that many know they are gay from a young age.

If schools, even implicitly through silence, endorse the beliefs being projected in their homes and churches that they either don’t exist or are somehow damaged and shameful, where will they and the straight children around them learn that they are equally valued and valuable? Sex education, carefully and sensitively taught by specially trained teachers, rather than the unwilling conscripts Jenkins’ embarrassed friend clearly was, is both a right and a boon for all children in a world only too quick to thrust other less nuanced views in their faces, whether in their churches or on their smartphones. If they then choose to accept the tenets of a particular faith, at least they will have had a choice in the matter and the information to make that choice.

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CG TET 2019 ADMIT CARD RELEASED AT CGVYAPAM.CHOICE.GOV.IN; EXAMINATION TO BE HELD ON 10 MAR

Chattisgargh Profesional Examination Board (CPEB) has issued the admit card for the CG TET 2019 examination at cgvyapam.choice.gov.in on March 02, 2019. The admit card has been issued for the CG TET 2019 examination which will be held on March 10, 2019. The candidates whose name has been enlisted can download the admit card by entering the Registration ID.

CG TET Admit Card 2019 - Login Page

Earlier this same examination was supposed to hold on February 24, 2019, later the examination dates have been changed. Now the candidates have to download the call letter for the exam to be held on a new date.

The Board has provided to the facility to fetch the registration number to those who have forgotten their registration number. For fetching the registration number the candidates have to click on the checkbox and enter the exam type, the name of the candidate, relatives name, date of birth and examination.

The CG TET examination will be held in two shifts, in all 27 districts of Chattisgarh. The first shift will start from 09:30 AM and will conclude at 12:15 PM. The second shift examination will be held from 02 to 04:45 PM. The Board has advised the candidates to report at the examination venue at least 01 hours before the commencement of the examination. No candidates will be allowed to take the examination after the 15 minutes of commencement of exam.

The candidates have to carry a valid photo identity card at the examination center for the verification. In case the photograph of the candidates is missing on the admit card then they have to carry two copies of colour photographs in the exam.

CG TET has two papers, i.e. paper I and Paper II. The paper I indicates the primary level, which is to teach the class I to V. And paper II indicates Junior level which is to teach class VI to VIII. The candidates will have to attempt the examination as per their choice filled in the application form. As per the examination scheme the paper will be held in pen paper mode, and the candidates have to solve the examination 2 hours 30 minutes. There is no negative marking.

The result of the examination will be announced at the official website after releasing the final answer key. After the declaration of the result, the marks will be displayed to the candidates. The candidates should note that there is no provision for the re-evaluation, as the Board OMR for the evaluation of the answer sheet

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Nalanda Open University releases admit card for BEd combined entrance test 2019, check at biharcetbed.com

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The Nalanda Open University has released the admit card for BEd combined entrance test 2019. The candidates can download their admit cards from the university’s official website, biharcetbed.com. The University will conduct the examination from March 10, 2019. The candidates who have applied for the B.Ed Cet 2019 examination can download their admit card through candidate login by entering their registration number and date of birth (in dd/mm/yyyy format) in the form. According to reports, B.Ed CET 2019 results will likely be declared on Wednesday, March 20, 2109.

Steps to download admit card for Nalanda Open University BEd combined entrance test 2019:

Step 1: Visit the official website of Nalanda Open University, biharcetbed.com

Click on ‘Existing users’

Step 2: Scroll down and click on download/print admit card

Step 3: Key in registration number and date of birth

Step 4: Click on search

Step 5: Admit card will be displayed on the screen

Step 6: Take a printout and save it on your computer

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IGNOU D.El.Ed admit card updates: Tripura region can download now

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IGNOU D.El.Ed result 2019: Candidates can check result at ignou.ac.in.

IGNOU D.El.Ed admit card: The Indira Gandhi National Open University has released hall tickets for D.El.Ed term-end exam. The hall tickets released are only for Tripura region and rest will follow. Candidates can download their admit card from the website, ignou.ac.in.

The untrained permanent teachers having passed class 12 with at least 50 per cent marks and teaching class 1 to class 8 in recognised schools can apply for Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) at IGNOU

IGNOU D.El.Ed admit card: How to download

Step 1: Visit the main website, ignou.ac.in

Step 2: On the homepage, click on ‘hall ticket for DELED Term End..’ under the ‘alerts’ section

Step 3: Enter the registration number and password

Step 4: Admit card will appear

Candidates need to download admit card and take print out for future reference. Candidates are given six years’ time to clear the two-year diploma.

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EFLU 2019 Admit Card to be released today

EFLU 2019 Admit Card to be released today

New Delhi, March 05, 2019: The English and Foreign Language University will be releasing the admit card for EFLU 2019 soon. The hall tickets for EFLU will be made available today for the candidates in an online mode. Candidates who have successfully filled the EFLU 2019 application form will be able to download the hall tickets from the official website of EFLU by entering the login credentials.

The candidates are highly suggested to check the information printed on the admit card. If there is any error, the exam authorities should be promptly informed.

EFLU 2019 is scheduled to be held between March 09, 2019 and March 31, 2019. The candidates are advised to carry their admit card while visiting the exam hall with all the required documents.

Important Dates related to EFLU 2019

Exam Events Dates to Remember
Release of EFLU 2019 admit card March 05, 2019
Entrance for M.A. in English Cafeteria, Arabic Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, Postgraduate diploma in the Teaching of Arabic March 9, 2019, (10:00 a.m. – 12 noon)
Entrance for M.A. in Computational Linguistics, Literature in English, Hindi, English Language Teaching March 9, 2019, (2 p.m – 4 p.m.)
Entrance exam for B.Ed. English, M.A. in English Literature, Hispanic Language & Literature, Russian Language & Literature, German Language & Literature March 10, 2019, (10.00 a.m. – 12 noon)
Entrance Exam for M.A. Linguistics, Comparative Literature, PG Diploma in the Teaching of English March 10, 2019, (2pm to 4pm)
B. A. (Hons.) English Entrance Test March 30 , 2019 (10 a.m. to 12 noon)
B. A. (Hons) Foreign Languages Entrance Test March 30, 2019 (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
B. A. Journalism and Mass Communication Entrance Test March 31, 2019 (10 a.m. to 12 noon)

How to download EFLU 2019

  1. Visit the official website of EFLU 2019
  2. The link will be available under the ‘Academic Announcement’ section
  3. Put in the login credentials
  4. Upon successful login, the EFLU 2019 admit card will be displayed on the screen
  5. Click on the tab ‘Download Admit Card’
  6. After downloading, print out two copies for future references.

About EFLU

Situated in Hyderabad, The English and Foreign Languages University offers the study of English and various other foreign languages. EFLU 2019 will be a computer-based examination which will be held in different cities and states of India.

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Indian Coastal guard Yantrik admit card 2019: How to download

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Indian coast guard 2019 released at indiancoastguard.gov.in, (Representational Image)

Indian Coast admit card 2019: The Indian Coast Guard has released the admit card for the post of Yantrik Technical (for mechanical, electrical, electronic and telecommunication trade). The written exam will be conducted in March or April, exact dates have not been announced yet.

The candidates can download their admit card from the official website, joinindiancostguard.gov.in. Meanwhile, the hall tickets for the recruitment exam for the post of Navik (GD) will release on March 11, 2019.

Indian Coast guard Yantrik admit card 2019: How to download

Step 1: Visit the official website, joinindiancoastguard.gov.in
Step 2: On the homepage, click ‘link to download e-admit card for Yantrik’ under ”
Step 3: You will be redirected to a new page
Step 4: Log-in using application number
Step 5: Admit card will appear

Candidates need to download and take print out of the admit card. No candidate will be allowed to appear for the exam without a hall ticket.

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