Teaching same-sex relationships must start at primary

Schools have a moral obligation to teach primary pupils about same-sex relationships – but unclear RSE guidance means not all do. Such schools are failing in their duty of care, writes Michael Hand

LGBT teaching: Lessons on same-sex relationships should start at primary, says Michael Hand

Should primary schools teach children about same-sex relationships? The new statutory guidance on relationships and sex education (RSE) is frustratingly vague on this question. It stipulates only that pupils should be “taught LGBT content at a timely point”, with no indication of how timeliness is to be gauged. Schools deserve, and need, a clearer steer than this.

Nowhere is this more evident than in my home city. Recent months have seen well-publicised protests outside several Birmingham primary schools over their teaching of the No Outsiders programme.

No Outsiders is a set of story books ...

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