The mayor of Tower Hamlets in east London has told parents that he will order an investigation into how £80,000 was spent on training and resources for an explicit sex and relationships education (SRE) programme for schools in the borough.
from Tower Hamlets Parents' Action Group on SRE presented a petition of
over 10,000 signatures from local people to Mayor Luthfur Rahman. The
petition calls upon the Council and the Healthy Lives team to stop any
further funding of the Christopher Winter Project, to recall all the
resources currently in schools and to ensure that schools consult with
parents about sex education. The programme is being used by 25% of the
borough's primary schools who responded to a freedom of information
request about sex education. (84% of Tower Hamlets primary schools
completed the questionnaire.)
Picture: Mayor Luthfur Rahman (front row, 2nd from left) and concerned Tower Hamlets parents.
mayor expressed his concern about the highly graphic content of the
Christopher Winter Project and has agreed to meet with key local
Antonia Tully of SPUC's Safe at School campaign has
supported the parents throughout the campaign. At the invitation of the
Tower Hamlets Parents' Action Group, she spoke at seven meetings in the
borough in the weeks leading up to the petition presentation.
Picture: Antonia Tully of Safe at School (2nd from left); Dr Lisa
Nolland (with petition-box), leading family issues expert; Emma Clarke
(centre), parent-campaigner who travelled from Northampton; concerned
parents (left and right).
Parents also called on Yusuf Patel of SREIslamic for support
throughout the campaign. Mr Patel told parents about the nature of the
Christopher Winter Project and the danger it poses to young children.
Later this week I'll be publishing a fuller report about the events in Tower Hamlets.
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