The head of the UK school watchdog, Ofsted, has voiced her support for LGBTI-inclusivity education.
Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman emphasized the importance of children being taught about gender identity and same-sex couples.
Children should know that ‘there are families that have two mummies or two daddies,’ regardless of their religious background, BBC News reports.
Spielman’s comments come after protests over an LGBTI inclusivity program at a primary school in England.
‘Sometimes there are families that have two mummies or two daddies’
The No Outsiders classes, which teach about same-sex couples and gender inclusivity, are being taught at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham.
The classes were introduced by Assistant Headteacher, Andrew Moffatt.
Its critics have accused Moffat, who is openly gay, of pursuing a personal agenda.
The teacher said he has received threats and ‘nasty emails’ warning him to cease the classes.
Last month, over 100 people protested the program outside the school gates.
However, Spielman expressed support for the Moffat’s classes.
She said LGBTI-inclusivity lessons were ‘about making sure [the children] know just enough to know that some people prefer not to get married to somebody of the opposite sex and that sometimes there are families that have two mummies or two daddies’.
‘It’s about making sure that children who do happen to realize that they themselves may not fit a conventional pattern know that they’re not bad or ill,’ she added.
Parkfield school has also come out in support of Moffat.
A vocal minority
Moffat has said that though the protests were stressful, he was undeterred in his work.
He also maintains that the protestors were a small but vocal minority, and most parents supported his classes.
Despite the controversy, Moffat has been lauded for his work.
Ealier this week, the teacher was shortlisted for a global education award.
The prestigious Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019 celebrates exceptional teachers, with the winner receiving a $1 million award for their work.
Prior to this, the Moffat received an MBE for his services to education.