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Most London primary teachers 'can not' talk about homosexuality

The majority of London's primary school teachers think they can not talk about homosexuality in the classroom.

A survey found only 11% of teachers knew they could discuss gay issues, such as same-sex parents, in front of children.

The polling by Stonewall reveals primary school teachers in London are significantly less likely than their peers across the country to know whether they are allowed to teach about lesbian, gay or bisexual issues.

It found 35% of teachers in Scotland, 29% in the rest of the south, 24% in the north and 22% in Midlands and Wales, knew they could talk about homosexuality.

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Gove dismisses teachers' criticism of profession

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, wrote to both teaching unions in March to say he was willing to meet them to discuss their dispute. But he also insisted that the "direction of travel" on two of their key issues - pay and pensions - was "fixed".

Education Secretary, Michael Gove Credit: Press Association

Today, Michael Gove said: "The picture these union leaders paint is of a profession which no-one rational would wish to join - a profession which is unattractive, unrewarding and unfulfilling.

"The truth, however, is very different - teaching, as a profession, has never been more attractive, more popular or more rewarding."

Government accused of 'reckless' behaviour ahead of London strike

No one wants to be disrupting children's education. Our experience is parents understand that if you attack teachers' pay and conditions you are putting at risk children's education.

Since June Mr Gove [Education Secretary] has taken to going from one public platform to another using megaphone diplomacy rather than sitting down and engaging frankly. It is a reckless and irresponsible way for a Secretary of State to behave.

– Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary


Teacher strike planned for tomorrow

Teachers and lecturers from across London will be going on strike tomorrow, in a row over changes to their pensions.

Members of the University and College Union and the National Union of Teachers will march through central London before holding a rally outside the Education Department in Westminster.

A map of the proposed route can be seen here.

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