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Lichfield MP asks Minister if LGBT issues will become part of the curriculum in English schools

Lichfield’s MP has asked the Government if it intends to ensure LGBT issues are taught in the curriculum at schools across England.

Michael Fabricant

Michael Fabricant

Michael Fabricant’s question came after Scotland confirmed it would become the first country in the world to include mandatory teaching of LGBT rights in state schools.

The proposals will see the history of sexual equality taught, as well as the introduction of additional steps to deal with transphobia and homophobia.

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant spoke in a debate in the House of Commons to ask if a broader roll-out of the initiative was being planned.

He asked Minister of State for Education Nick Gibb: “The Scottish Parliament has recently decided to embed in the school curriculum LGBT issues so that LGBT children can integrate well and, more importantly, that other children treat them well.

“What thought has been given to doing the same in England?”

Mr Gibb said the focus was on inclusivity across all schools.

“We have certainly given this a great deal of thought in the context of relationships and sex education,” he said.

“We believe that all schools should ensure that young people, whatever their developing sexuality or identity, feel that relationships education and RSE is relevant to them and sensitive to their needs.

“The purpose of the new provisions includes ensuring that young people learn that there are different types of relationships in modern Britain.

“Schools should therefore ensure that RSE is inclusive and meets the needs of all young people.”

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12 Comments

  1. Philip Allso

    13th November, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    I think most people are aware that there is great diversity in the way people in a society think and act. It is not just the sexual aspect (which seems to be a preoccupation of our MP). There is political belief, religious belief, racial tolerance and many other differences which govern the way we lead our lives. Some of these are inerrant and are less a personal choice than determined by genetics. I do not personally believe that giving room in the national curriculum would be helpful in formulating a consensus among the young on these moral issues. There is a world outside of school and with the present availability of such information no one needs to be uneducated in these matters. How you respond to them is and always will be a personal choice.

  2. John Griffin

    14th November, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Perhaps he should inform his Party that decent sex efucation for all kids is needed.

  3. Rob

    14th November, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Perhaps he should inform the kids parents as well?

  4. Asellus aquaticus

    16th November, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    The two needn’t be mutually exclusive.

  5. Strumpet

    18th November, 2018 at 8:47 am

    What he should of been asking is why faith schools are being given a broad opt-out on lgbt education. As he lives on the Close perhaps he could ask the Dean or Bish why they’re creating Christian schools hidden behind a MATS academy programme. Elford primary is an example of a ‘community school’ that’s operated and financially supported by Lichfield diocese and they’re entitled to the ‘opt-out’ version of selective faith basd education.

  6. Bob Chorba

    21st November, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Mon cher M. Allso, what does “inerrant” mean? The inability to wander?

  7. Bob Chorba

    21st November, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Good point, Strumpet.

  8. Rob

    22nd November, 2018 at 10:27 am

    I was also wondering – what does “should of” mean?

  9. Philip Allso

    22nd November, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Fair cop Bob’s…. lt actually means ‘incapable of being wrong’, which is ironic because I intended to write ‘inherent’. My computer has a mind of its own while, sadly, I don’t think I have. However a bit of criticism does no harm and I’m not so sure it is inappropriate for our MP anyway. It is heartening you are giving such close scrutiny to my humble contributions.

  10. Nodge

    22nd November, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    I see we’ve resorted to picking on each others’ use of the English language, rather than the point in hand. Bravo you guys.

  11. Rob

    23rd November, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Or non-English, as the case may be.

  12. John Griffin

    27th November, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Troll misdirection from Rob. If proper sex ed is given at school, then fine. However most parents do nowt, some haven’t much clue themselves.anyway, and the huge number of religious schools deliberately do little, especially the Catholic and CoE mega primary chains. Hilarious tales related to me by 6th formers when covering Sex & Gender of the non-existent teaching or parenting, leading to many getting their knowledge from the skewed world of online porn. Very, very destructive.

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