Parkfield Community School in Birmingham has come under fire for its ‘No Outsiders’ programme, which was designed to promote equality. School chiefs have said the lessons will not be taught “until a resolution has been reached”. A statement from the school said: “Until a resolution has been reached, No Outsiders lessons will not be taught at Parkfield and we hope that children will not be removed from school to take part in the protests”.
School assistant head Andrew Moffat set up the program to teach children about the Equality Act and British values.
He is currently on the shortlist for the “world’s best teacher award”.
Parents of pupils at the school have called for “education not indoctrination”.
The school had previously said the lessons would continue as normal until after the Easter holidays.
Earlier this month approximately 600 children aged between 4 and 11 were withdrawn from the school for the day.
The school would not confirm the exact number of children withdrawn, according to the Guardian.
Protesters have expressed their anger towards the lessons with some saying the school should have an ethos that reflects the area.
Protestor Mariam Ahmed said in February: “What they are teaching is not right, they are too young. There are nine parts of the Act and they only seem to be focusing on one, homosexuality, and that is wrong. They need to have an ethos which reflects the area.
“It’s not just because we are Muslims, there are Christians here too. We don’t have a vendetta against homosexuals and we respect the Act.
It has been previously reported other parents at the school said they would rather leave the UK than have their children continue with the lessons.
Christian fundamentalists also joined protests against the school – which is rated outstanding by Ofsted.
In a report released by Ofsted, they said there was no evidence the school curriculum overly focused on LGBT issues.
According to the BBC, head teacher David William described the findings as “great news”.
Ousted senior inspector Peter Humphries said of the protests: “A very small, but vocal minority of parents are not clear about the school’s vision, policies and practice.
“This group of parents feel that the staff do not sufficient listen to their concerns.
“Their view is that PSHE education and equalities curriculum focuses disproportionately on LGBT issues and that this work is not taught in an age-appropriate manner.
“Inspectors found no evidence this was the case.”