Parkfield Community School announced it will halt its LGBTI-inclusive teaching following homophobic protests from parents.
Parents subjected the primary school in Birmingham, UK, to countless protests outside its school gates.
But in a statement yesterday (13 March) the school said: ‘Until a resolution has been reached, No Outsiders lessons will not be taught at Parkfield.’
The school even pleaded to parents not to withdraw anymore of their children in protest.
‘A harmonious environment’
The decision comes after discussions between both parents and the school trust.
‘Nothing is more important than ensuring our children’s education continues uninterrupted,’ the statement added.
‘As a result of these discussions we are eager to continue to work together with parents over the coming days and weeks to find a solution that will support the children in our school to continue their education in a harmonious environment.’
Moreover, just this week education watchdog Ofsted concluded the school’s diverse program of study was ‘appropriate.’
It said: ‘One pupil summed up the views of many when they said: “We look out for, and after, people who are different so that we can help one another.”
‘Respect, tolerance, understanding and acceptance of other’s differences underpin the work of the school.’
Why did parents protest?
However, the school attracted nationwide attention after parents started protests outside the school gates – some even withdrawing their children – because of the school’s pro-LGBTI teaching.
The No Outsiders program was arranged by assistant headteacher, Andrew Moffat, who himself is gay.
It is part of the sex and relationship education program at the Birmingham school.
He started the program back in 2014 in an effort to foster acceptance among pupils.