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Schoolchildren 'left in tears' because of LGBT lessons protests

Local parents protested outside of the primary school against the lessons. Credit: ITV Central

Schoolchildren were left in tears after protests outside a school according to Assistant Headteacher Andrew Moffat.

The aim of the 'No Outsiders' project at Parkfield Primary School in Birmingham was to teach pupils about diversity in modern day Britain, including issues around religion, gender diversity and sexual orientation.

Adults protested outside the building against the scheme which was written by Mr Moffat.

Pupils are taught about the positive values of diversity, tolerance and acceptance, in a broad curriculum encompassing LGBT rights, same-sex relationships, gender identity, race, religion and colour.

But the school has suspended the lessons in light of the demonstrations.

Andrew Moffat, Assistant Headteacher at the school, says suspending the No Outsiders programme was the right thing to do. Credit: BPM Media

Speaking at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) in Dubai, Mr Moffat said:

Schoolchildren were left in tears after protests outside a school according to Assistant Headteacher Andrew Moffat.

The aim of the 'No Outsiders' project at Parkfield Primary School in Birmingham was to teach pupils about diversity in modern day Britain, including issues around religion, gender diversity and sexual orientation.

Adults protested outside the building against the scheme which was written by Mr Moffat.

Pupils are taught about the positive values of diversity, tolerance and acceptance, in a broad curriculum encompassing LGBT rights, same-sex relationships, gender identity, race, religion and colour.

But the school has suspended the lessons in light of the demonstrations.

Speaking at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) in Dubai, Mr Moffat said:

In the end the most important thing for us is our children, and the teaching and wellbeing of our children, and the protests were damaging the welfare of children.Because we have had children coming in on those days in tears, we have had children missing some part of their learning at the start of the day. You can't have protests like that outside a school every week. So we stuck it out for four weeks but in the end we thought we can't dig our heels in. That is what this is about.

– Andrew Moffat, Assistant Headteacher

Mr Moffat added he is working towards a PhD that examines how programmes like this could prevent future terror attacks, or steer people away from radical ideologies.

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