'Pupils should be taught that some children have “two mummies or two daddies”, the head of Ofsted has said, following protests by Muslim parents at a school in Birmingham.
Amanda Spielman’s intervention comes amid a row at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, where parents launched a petition against the primary school’s "No Outsiders" programme where children are taught about same sex couples and gender identity.
She said that parents need to learn that “we don’t all get our way” and must accept that “we can’t have 100 per cent of what we want”.
Hundreds of parents have protested outside the school in recent weeks, saying that teaching children about LGBT rights and homophobia contradicts their Islamic faith.
But Ms Spielman, the chief inspector of schools in England, has weighed in to support the school, saying that children need to be taught that about same sex relationships irrespective of their religious background.
“It’s about making sure they [children] know just enough to know that some people prefer not to get married to somebody of the opposite sex and that sometimes there are families that have two mummies or two daddies,” she told the BBC.
“It's about making sure that children who do happen to realise that they themselves may not fit a conventional pattern know that they're not bad or ill.”
Ms Spielman said if there is a disagreement, parents must engage in “rational discussion” and “proper conversation” rather than protest to establish a “middle ground”.'
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