The parents were protesting against the No Outsiders In Our School programme, which involves sex and relationship lessons to promote LGBT equality and challenging homophobia at schools. Assistant head teacher of Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, Andrew Moffat, even said he had been threatened in a leaflet and faced with angry protesters. Mr Moffat, who is gay, said: “Some parents struggle with aspects of the Equality Act.
“But the vast majority of parents understand that living in the UK, you can be different, but you can get along with other people.”
The programme, which was introduced into the school four years ago, also teaches the equality of race, colour or religion and those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Mr Moffat added: “I’m just teaching children from an early age that there are different families.
“In some schools there are children with two mums.
“We want all children in Birmingham to know that their family is normal, that their family is accepted and welcomed in schools.”
Mariam Ahmed, whose daughter attends the school, organised the petition against the programme which has been signed by 400 parents.
She said: “Sorry at this age it’s totally wrong. Children at this age don’t even know if they are coming or going, let alone knowing what sexual orientation they will become.”
Asma and Mohammed Jdaitawi said: “It’s good to teach children about respect and values but the sexual orientation aspect is against our principles.”
Mum Fatima Shah, who had taken her daughter out of the school, said: “It’s inappropriate, totally wrong.
“Children are being told it’s OK to be gay yet 98 per cent of children at this school are Muslim. It’s a Muslim community.”
I’ve taken my daughter out and other parents have too. Enough is enough.
“Sex relationship education is being taught without our consent. We’ve not been informed about what’s being taught.
“Mr Moffat is running what’s called CHIPS – challenging homophobia in primary schools – and it’s totally against Islamic beliefs.
“My child came home and told me am I OK to be a boy? It’s confusing children about sexuality.
“I want my child to learn about English, maths and science. I’m keeping my daughter away from the school until something is done. I’ve been paying £20-an-hour tuition at home instead.”