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Prioritising the teaching of religion and faith over world views - ACT response.

 

Association of Christian Teachers

from Clive Ireson – Director

mobile: 07772 436 532

c.ireson@btinternet.com

twitter : @ACTClive 

 

28th December 2015.

 

Clarification on c

 

 

Schools can prioritise the teaching of religion and faith over non-religious world views.

 

The Association of Christian Teachers is delighted by the intervention and clarification on Religious Education made by the Education Secretary Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP today.

 

It is good to know that schools do not need to feel threatened by atheist and humanist campaigners trying to impose the teaching of world views in the RE Curriculum.

 

By the following statement Nicky Morgan has made very clear where schools stand : “I am clear that both faith and non-faith schools are completely entitled to prioritise the teaching of religion and faith over non-religious world views if they wish.”

 

The Association of Christian Teachers welcomes this clarity – whilst world views have a place to be understood and discussed elsewhere in the school curriculum they have no place in Religious Studies/Religious Education.

 

Clive Ireson

Director (Strategy)

Association of Christian Teachers

ACT is a Registered Charity No. 295328 and a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 2056400. Established in 1971

Registered Office: Rowan House  23 Billing Road  Northampton  NN1 5AT    telephone 01604  632046

www.christians-in-education.org.uk

     

 


Transgender Children in Schools - ACT response.

 

Association of Christian Teachers

from Clive Ireson – Director Strategy

mobile: 07772 436 532

clive@actforhim.org.uk

twitter : @ACTClive 

 

18th December 2015.

 

Transgender Children in Schools.

 

2015 seems to have seen the growth of a new challenge for schools – what to do with children who announce themselves as transgender – or their parents announce it for them.

 

However the school deals with this issue is full of pitfalls and dangers.

 

First and foremost in the schools mind should be care for the child and child protection and safety for the child.

 

My advice then would be call in the Local Authority School Medical Officer for advice and support. Schools can’t and shouldn’t try to second guess what is best in these circumstances they are not qualified to do so.

 

The Local Authority School Medical Officer meeting with parents and child should be able best to determine whether the child is truly transgender, going through a phase or being pressurised by parents. In any case the child will need long term support throughout their time in school.

 

I understand some parents are making challenges under equality/human rights as to how their ‘transgender’ child is accommodated in school.

 

Again the needs of the child must always come first but if a school has a school uniform policy or a school games policy for example that is why it is there for all to follow and what parents signed up for when their child entered the school.  The policy is for ALL to follow to avoid confusion and to ensure equality is given to ALL.

 

Bullying  can often take place in schools particularly if someone is ‘different’. It is the schools role to deal with any ‘transphobic’ bullying robustly.

 

In these circumstances children must be protected from themselves, parents, pressure groups and others who have a vested interest so that in fullness of time they are able to make up their own mind about who they are and how they want to live.

 

 

Clive Ireson

Director

Association of Christian Teachers

ACT is a Registered Charity No. 295328 and a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 2056400. Established in 1971

Registered Office: Rowan House  23 Billing Road  Northampton  NN1 5AT    telephone 01604  632046

www.christians-in-education.org.uk

     

 


Transgender children in schools.

Transgender Children in Schools.

 

2015 seems to have seen the growth of a new challenge for schools – what to do with children who announce themselves as transgender – or their parents announce it for them.

 

However the school deals with this issue is full of pitfalls and dangers.

 

First and foremost in the schools mind should be care for the child and child protection and safety for the child.

 

My advice then would be call in the Local Authority School Medical Officer for advice and support. Schools can’t and shouldn’t try to second guess what is best in these circumstances they are not qualified to do so.

 

The Local Authority School Medical Officer meeting with parents and child should be able best to determine whether the child is truly transgender, going through a phase or being pressurised by parents. In any case the child will need long term support throughout their time in school.

 

I understand some parents are making challenges under equality/human rights as to how their ‘transgender’ child is accommodated in school.

 

Again the needs of the child must always come first but if a school has a school uniform policy or a school games policy for example that is why it is there for all to follow and what parents signed up for when their child entered the school.  The policy is for ALL to follow to avoid confusion and to ensure equality is given to ALL.

 

Bullying  can often take place in schools particularly if someone is ‘different’. It is the schools role to deal with any ‘transphobic’ bullying robustly.

 

In these circumstances children must be protected from themselves, parents, pressure groups and others who have a vested interest so that in fullness of time they are able to make up their own mind about who they are and how they want to live.

 

 

Clive Ireson

Director

Association of Christian Teachers


 

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