School assistant loses job over petition against LGBT teaching | Education

A Christian secondary school assistant has been dismissed after she posted an online petition against LGBT issues being taught at her son’s primary school. Kristie Higgs, 43, was removed from her post as a pastoral assistant at a Gloucestershire academy after a disciplinary panel found she had discriminated against its gay, lesbian and transgender pupils. Higgs, who had worked at Farmor’s school in Fairford, Gloucestershire, for six years, posted objections to the use of two children’s books at her son’s…

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Ofsted uncovers 500 suspected illegal schools in England | Education

More than 500 suspected illegal schools, educating thousands of pupils, have been identified in England over the past three years by the schools watchdog Ofsted, according to data published for the first time. Some of the schools were in an appalling condition with rat traps, exposed wires and open sewers, Ofsted inspectors said. In one, pupils were left to play computer games all day, while in another inspectors found children in every classroom repeating religious texts with no other apparent…

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Department for Education’s pusillanimity on Parkfield school | Letters | Education

We were sad to read about the abuse faced by the staff of Parkfield school, and Andrew Moffat in particular (Why has Parkfield’s top teacher been silenced?, 2 April). He has done remarkable work, which until the recent protests had been accepted by Muslim parents because he worked closely with them and explained what he has been doing. It seems that a few parents have caused the situation to escalate beyond reason. The materials used are gentle and child-friendly, telling…

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