MORE than 40 schools have been accused of sex education policies that replicate a banned act forbidding the promotion of homosexuality by local authorities.
Section 28, which stopped councils “promoting” homosexuality, was introduced under then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 1988 and was repealed by Tony Blair in 2003.
But the British Humanist Association (BHA) said it had found that 46 schools nationally continue to have sex and relationships education (SRE) policies that either replicate Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 or are unhelpfully vague on the issue”. This includes King’s School in Wakefield which the BHA said was of concern because it had a policy which refers to Section 28 as if it were still in force.
The policy on the school’s website says: “The DCSF is clear that teachers should be able to deal honestly and sensitively with sexual orientation, as well as to raise awareness of the prejudice and discrimination experienced by different groups in society. However, there must never be any promotion of sexual orientation or activity (Referring to Section 28).”
Nobody from the school was available for comment yesterday.
The DCSF (Department for Children Schools and Families) was replaced by the DfE in 2010 which suggests the policy has not been update since then. King’s School was one of four in Yorkshire to feature on the BHA list.
Several other schools in Yorkshire said the policies on their website were out-of-date and had now been taken down.
BHA head of public affairs Pavan Dhaliwal said: “It is simply unacceptable that over a decade after the repeal of the pernicious Section 28 that these schools continue to enforce similar policies. All of the schools identified must urgently review their sex and relationships education policies.”