Birmingham school on the frontline of anti-LGBT protests

Tuesday 28th May 2019 12:03 EDT

The teaching of LGBT relationships in primary schools has led to weeks of protest in Birmingham. The school head caught in the crossfire between demonstrators and the law tells of the stress endured as a result of her desire to promote equality.

Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson is crying. The headteacher at Anderton Park primary school in Birmingham has suffered eight weeks of protests outside her school gates over her decision to teach LGBT-inclusive content to her young pupils, the vast majority of whom are Muslim. 

The battle being fought on Hewitt-Clarkson’s school grounds is one that has nationwide implications for all schools. 

The row centres on whether the local authority-run school is teaching children about LGBT relationships, gender and sexual orientation in an “age-appropriate” manner.

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