Teachers accused of breaking the law after asking schoolchildren to campaign for Black Lives Matter with pupils as young as 12 told to write to Rishi Sunak in support of the movement
- Teachers are also teaching terms such as ‘white privilege’
- Year 8 children have been told to ‘do better’ to support black people
Woke teachers have been accused of breaking the law by asking children to campaign for Black Lives Matter.
Pupils as young as 12 have been told by teachers at one school to write to Rishi Sunak in support of the movement.
Teachers are also teaching terms such as ‘white privilege’ and encouraging Year 8 children to ‘do better’ to support black people.
Class material used by Cranbrook Education Campus in Exeter asks children to ‘write an open letter to our current Prime Minister campaigning for change’.
It suggests they ‘consider’ words such as ‘white privilege’ and ‘ally’ to help them.
Woke teachers have been accused of breaking the law by asking children to campaign for Black Lives Matter
The school, which takes pupils from age two to 16, teaches children about police brutality – including the murder of George Floyd
Former education secretary Nadhim Zahawi unveiled the directive to stop teachers ‘promoting contested theories as fact’
The school, which takes pupils from age two to 16, teaches children about police brutality – including the murder of George Floyd and the death of Breonna Taylor in the US – as part of their personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education.
Cranbrook Education Campus has been criticised by parent groups and campaigners, who said it breaches requirements for schools to be politically impartial.
Tanya Carter, from the Safe Schools Alliance, said: ‘Whilst children should be encouraged to write to their elected representatives about matters they feel strongly about, telling them what they feel strongly about has crossed the line into proselytising and is illegal.’
Iain Mansfield, director of research at Policy Exchange, who exposed the lessons, said: ‘Schools should be teaching children how to think, not what to think.
‘It is hard to see how these materials – which combine uncritical praise of a highly political movement with asking children to write to the Prime Minister – can be reconciled with a school’s legal duty to be politically impartial.’
Guidelines were issued to teachers last year banning them from advocating politically charged topics such as BLM.
The movement is dedicated to ‘eradicating white supremacy’ and calls for the police to be defunded.
Then education secretary Nadhim Zahawi unveiled the directive to stop teachers ‘promoting contested theories as fact’.
Teachers were ordered not to give one-sided accounts of national heroes such as Winston Churchill, branded as ‘racist’ by activists.
Teachers were ordered not to give one-sided accounts of national heroes such as Winston Churchill, branded as ‘racist’ by activists
Other lesson plans from Cranbrook Education Campus aimed at ‘celebrating differences’ suggest asking children to ‘decide what is a non-binary child’ and to define words such as ‘queer’, ‘intersex’ and ‘asexual’.
Toby Young, director of the Free Speech Union, said: ‘Teaching children as young as 12 that sex isn’t binary and Britain is systemically racist is almost certainly a breach of sections 406 and 407 of the Education Act 1996, which prohibits the political indoctrination of children.
‘Either this education trust is ignorant of the law, or it just don’t care. Either way, it’s unacceptable.’
The row comes as schools wait for long-promised trans guidance from the Department for Education, first mentioned five years ago.
Hinting that it could be introduced by the summer term, Mr Sunak said earlier this year it was important that parents ‘know what’s going on’ amid fears they are being kept in the dark about their children’s gender preferences.
A Cranbrook Education Campus spokesman said: ‘We teach a broad and balanced PHSE curriculum that encourages our students to explore the British values of democracy, law, respect, liberty and tolerance.
‘The curriculum aims to provide a framework for class-based discussion tackling some of the moral, social and cultural issues that pupils will be already aware of from social media, on TV and radio or reading newspapers.
‘These are balanced discussions and tasks – including writing a letter to the Prime Minister as an in-class exercise only. This is all within Department for Education guidelines.’
A DfE spokesman said: ‘We are clear that any materials must be fact based and age appropriate and schools are required to remain politically impartial, which means they should not teach contested views as fact.
‘As part of our review of relationships, sex and health education curriculum, we will consider introducing age ratings to make clear what is appropriate to be taught at what age.’
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