Saturday 2 June 2012

Why are Catholic schools in Tower Hamlets using sexually-explicit teaching materials?

Antonia Tully of SPUC's Safe at School campaign has reported to me on the disturbing use of pornographic materials in sex and relationships education (SRE) in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. Safe at School is assisting parents in Tower Hamlets in their campaign to have such materials removed from schools in the borough. It is particularly disturbing to read in Antonia's report that:
"St Agnes Catholic Primary School E3 3ER and Holy Family Catholic Primary School E14 0DE both recorded that they use both The Christopher Winter Project and “Living and Growing”. Tower Hamlets Local Authority records that teachers at St Edmunds RC Primary School and Holy Family Catholic Primary School received training from The Christopher Winter Project."
'Living and Growing' and 'The Christopher Winter Project' are two of the most notoriously pornographic SRE programmes currently in use.

SPUC will be raising this matter with the relevant Catholic authorities. In the meantime, I encourage parents, whether Catholic or not, to find out what materials are being used in their local schools, and email me at

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