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Education Secretary backs headteachers teaching LGBT relationships to pupils in primary schools.

Education Secretary backs headteachers teaching LGBT relationships to pupils in primary schools.

The education secretary Damian Hinds has backed headteachers who teach pupils about LGBT relationships following protests by parents against the curriculum of a Birmingham school.

West Midlands police has confirmed it is investigating homophobic graffiti at Parkfield Community School following vocal rallies organised by parents against the school’s programme of study on LGBT rights amid concerns of a lack of parental consultation.

I’ve always been clear that I support headteachers to make decisions

The protests have stoked fears of a larger backlash against schools when new relationships and sex education guidance comes into force next year. The guidance states that the government “expects” schools to teach about LGBT relationships, but the timing of such teaching is to be left up to headteachers.

Speaking to Schools Week at Oasis’s Break the Cycle event in London this morning, Hinds said he backed heads when they teach about LGBT issues.

“First of all we should be clear the Parkfield question is of course before the RSHE guidance has come into place,” he said.

“I’ve always been clear that I support headteachers to make decisions and we believe in school  autonomy, that school leaders are best-placed to make decisions.

“Of course, it’s also right to consult with parents.

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