LGBT teaching row: school heads advised to liaise with police over protests

The Department for Education suggests councils consider enforcement against parents who pull their children from school because of what is being taught Headteachers should liaise directly with the police about demonstrations happening outside school gates under new guidance issued by ministers to local authorities on dealing with protests over sex-education lessons.

The 21-page document advises councils on how to support schools and teachers who are faced with protests at the school gate to try and minimise the disruption.

Protests have started up again this term outside schools in Birmingham, with protesters opposed to relationship lessons encouraging children to accept differences in religion, race and family type, such as same-sex couples.

The Department for Education (DfE) said it wanted to ensure councils had information to support schools . It suggests councils could consider enforcement action against parents if pupils are withdrawn from school because they disagree with what is…