A concerned father is urging the chief education officer of the Church of England to intervene in a dispute regarding explicit sex education lessons at his child’s church school. The Christian Legal Centre (CLC), based in London and supporting the father’s legal battle, claims that an unnamed Church of England school in Norfolk, England, is using materials that teach children as young as 7 about gender identity and same-sex relationships. These materials allegedly even encourage young students to take part in simulated same-sex weddings.
Concerned Parent’s Appeals Ignored by School and Review Board
The father, who wishes to remain anonymous, voiced his concerns about the curriculum to the school and an independent review board. However, it appears that his concerns were not addressed. Seeking intervention from the Church of England, he questioned why such a curriculum was being implemented at a Church of England school.
Church of England Responds to Parent’s Complaint
Rev. Nigel Genders, the chief education officer of the Church of England, stated in response to the parent’s complaint that schools have the authority to determine their own sex education lessons. He emphasized that it is the responsibility of the school, in consultation with parents and guidance from the Diocesan Board of Education, to make decisions regarding policy and resources. Genders also noted that new guidance from the government on handling sensitive issues like these within educational settings is expected to be released soon.
Father Takes Action after Unsatisfactory Response
Unhappy with the response from the Church of England and concerned about the controversial curriculum, the father made the decision to remove his two children from the school and enroll them in a different one. He believes that the Church of England is evading responsibility and asserts that the material being taught is inappropriate for the children’s age, influenced by ideology, and lacks scientific support.
Christian Legal Centre Raises Concerns
The Christian Legal Centre has raised concerns about teaching materials in numerous schools across the UK that suggest LGBTQ behavior is compatible with Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The organization obtained lesson plans that include instruction about same-sex relationships for children as young as 5.
New Title: Church of England Pressed to Address Controversial Sex Education Curriculum at Religious School