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Christian headteacher upset Ofsted questioned children about sexuality

Nick Duffy January 14, 2015
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A headteacher at a Christian school in Sunderland has claimed that Ofsted inspectors asked children “inappropriate” questions about sexuality and sex education.

Chris Gray, the head at Grindon Hall Christian School – which teaches children from age 4 to 18 – is upset with the conduct of the schools inspector, during a recent inspection.

He claims that it was inappropriate for pupils at the free school to be quizzed on their knowledge about lesbian and trans issues.

Mr Gray told the Sunderland Echo: “In the days after the inspection, several parents complained to me about what they saw as intrusive and deeply personal questioning of their children in some group sessions.

“I heard reports of primary school children being asked if they knew of any boys or girls who thought they were in the wrong body and others if they knew what gay and lesbians did.

“The offer of a one-to-one meeting with an inspector, who was a complete stranger to them, in order to discuss personal matters of sexuality was also viewed with alarm by some parents.

“It is clear that many of the questions asked are viewed by parents as wholly inappropriate, particularly given the age of the children involved.”

An Ofsted spokesperson said: “We are committed to making sure all pupils in England receive a broad and balanced education.

“One part of how we assess this is through talking to pupils to consider the extent to which they are being prepared for the next stages in their lives.

“Ofsted is not looking for answers to questions which are contrary to their faith. Nor do we require evidence that schools ‘promote’ other faiths.

“Instead, inspectors must ensure that pupils are able to express views which are neither intolerant nor discriminatory towards others.

“We will be considering the issues raised by the school as part of our normal quality assurance arrangements.”

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