Marriage guidance 'should be law'

18th February 2000 at 00:00
CHURCH leaders have urged the Government to make it a legal duty for heads and governors to promote marriage and outlaw homophobic bullying in schools.

Guidelines from the Department for Education and Employment last week placed marriage and the family at the heart of sex education but the Church of England, with 4,748 schools, wants the stance to be given legal authority.

Ministers are understood to be sympathetic as it may appease those opposed to the repeal of Section 28, which bans the promotion of homosexualityin schools. Tony Blair has insisted the repeal will be pushed through.

Alan Chesters, Bishop of Blackburn and chairman of the Anglican board of education, sought to amend the 1996 Education Act covering sex education.

He made his plea during a debate in the House of Lords on the Learning and Skills Bill.

He urged that a duty be imposed on head-teachers and governors to promote marriage, deter teenage homophobic bullying and discourage teenage sexual activity.

Analysis, 25

FE Focus, I and II

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now