Teachers need protection from parents’ brainwashing claims

Apr 23, 2016 by

National Association of Head Teachers wants personal, social, health and economic education enshrined in curriculum

Headteachers have been accused by parents of brainwashing their children after disagreements about teaching on topics such as homosexuality as part of personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE).

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) is calling on the government to make PSHE a statutory part of the curriculum to protect teachers from claims that they are following a personal agenda, which can result in a breakdown in the relationship between school and community. The situation is particularly fraught in primary schools because of disagreements about what topics should be covered at what age, though once parents are told the details of the age-appropriate material being used, they are usually reassured.

In one incident at a primary school in Birmingham in 2014, police were called to a meeting of parents who were concerned about a teaching programme called Challenging Homophobia in Schools (Chips).

The NAHT, along with other teaching unions and many public bodies, has long campaigned in favour of compulsory sex and relationships and PSHE education. In March the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, ruled against making the subjects mandatory, despite receiving a joint appeal from MPs on four key House of Commons committees.

Source: Teachers need protection from parents’ brainwashing claims, union says | Education | The Guardian

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