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Association of Teachers and Lecturers says free schools will make it harder to fight homophobia

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  1. GulliverUK 5 Jul 2013, 5:22pm

    That’s because Michael Gove has allowed them to opt-out of regulations …. he … doesn’t think are needed, like recording bullying incidents, taking affirmative actions, LGBT history content is entirely optional.

    And we’ve ended up with half-filled schools, with many free schools in places that aren’t appropriate, run by people who aren’t appropriate, unqualified teachers.

    I don’t get why you have to remove all the regulations to make free schools work – why not get rid of any Health & Safety requirement whilst you’re at it.

  2. Maybe some form of independent unbiased website where parents and students can ‘grade schools’ on their policies combating discrimination, and the various forms of discrimination. Then prospective parents can research just how each individual school in their area handles such issues, before enrolling their students. This would surely not only inform parents of the standards of the school, but also put pressure on the school to ‘perform well’ in these areas, or lose student enrollment numbers, therefore funding for the school, as well as its over all reputation.
    Just an idea.

  3. If a school gets any sort of public funding then it needs to provide comprehensive, age appropriate sex AND relationship education and health education or the provision of public funds ceases. If it does not follow anti-discrimination legislation (race sex sexuality ethnicity gender) and a balanced view of ethics and religion then it should have its charitable status withdrawn and any support from public funds terminated.
    If this country wants to suceed in todays world it needs to have a highly educated population unhampered by superstition and prejudice.
    That is all our country has, its educated and skilled people – natural resources and food production are inadequate to support our population or even a third of its present numbers. We really need to wise up. We need all our creative and innovative people, female, male, gay, straight,bi, intersex and transgender.
    Prejudice and ignorance is not helpfull to our health, survival and prosperity.

  4. Free schools, faith schools and academies are a disaster for LGBT pupils.

    Colston’s Girls’ School, an academy in Bristol, has its own section 28. I’m sure it’s not the only one.

    1. Colin (London) 7 Jul 2013, 2:02pm

      Then bring the school to the courts…..change is needed in education. leaving it as it is is just as harmful.

  5. Colin (London) 7 Jul 2013, 2:00pm

    Gents I have two sisters and a brother in law who are teachers in Catholic schools.

    Both families have gay children. Parents are scared to change anything or go on marches or support their kids in case they loose jobs. Further they do not want to change how kids are taught. They want to do everything as they think it should be and hide behind unions to stop education modernising.

    I want free schools to move education on. Then we fight for human rights and the laws of the land to be included, monitored and reported on.

    Education in this country is not fit for purpose and needs radical overhaul.

    To me leaving it as it is puts this country and many kids futures at risk. The world around us is changing fast. Help our kids participate.

  6. All I can say is preach it. This year I start my senior year at a high school in rhode island.
    It’s a hateful public school, and I have gone through hell, being tortured and bullied to the point of suicidal thoughts. We need an administration within the schools itself, because for me to get anything done, I had to go to the new superintendent which just came in THIS YEAR. We need an administration in schools though, so people dont have to go through pointless red tape and have to resort going to the boss of bosses.

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