Sunak government concerned about inappropriate school materials
After a turbulent few weeks in politics, we now have a new Prime Minister and a new Education Secretary. What does this mean for what our children will be taught in schools about relationships?
The new Education Secretary is Gillian Keegan, the MP for Chichester and a keen supporter of “LGBTQI equality”, as she puts it. In 2019 she told Parliament she was “proud that it was a Conservative Prime Minister who put same-sex marriage on the statute book”, and reprimanded Bermuda which she said “still seems to have a problem with LGBT rights”.
Quoting statistics from controversial LGBT pressure group Stonewall, she told MPs that “much more progress is needed to ensure that we all live in an open and tolerant society”.
It’s sad that the person in charge of educating the nation’s children looks at modern-day Britain and thinks that what’s really lacking is sufficient stress on LGBT issues.
Since 2019 a greater awareness has emerged that children are being exposed at school and elsewhere to materials that are not helping them to form a healthy and proper view of themselves as male and female. Organisations like Stonewall, Mermaids and the NHS Tavistock clinic that have been pushing the transgender agenda have come under heavy scrutiny and censure.
So perhaps since then Mrs Keegan has moderated her views on this. We will certainly be keeping a close eye on any developments in the Department for Education.
One positive development this week was a report that Rishi Sunak’s Government is planning to clamp down on inappropriate sex education classes in schools by strengthening guidance on what is age-appropriate.
Parents would also be given greater rights to request sight of relationships and sex education materials, following a recent contentious decision by the Information Commissioner denying parents the right to see the pro-transgender material in use at their children’s school.
Mr Sunak also intends to review the Equality Act to make it clear that sex means biological sex rather than gender, a source told the Telegraph.
It’s good that the new Government recognises the need to address problems with how the law and schools handle sex and gender. At C4M we will continue to champion the place of real marriage at the heart of a healthy approach to relationships and families.