We the undersigned ask that Amendment 70 to the Children, Schools and Families Bill be removed.
This Amendment was passed by the last Labour Government and allows Religious Schools an exception from Equality Legislation. To quote directly from the Amendment itself:
‘(7A) Subsections (4) to (7) are not to be read as preventing the governing body or head teacher of a school within subsection (7B) from causing or allowing PSHE to be taught in a way that reflects the school’s religious character.
This Amendment allows a School whos religious ethos is anti-equality to be not only excepted from Equality legislation but actually to engage in institutionalised Hate Speech.
As the Coalition has chosen to act on the issue of Homophobic bullying in school we feel that this amendment needs to be removed as it allows institutions to engage in what could be defined as bullying.