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Schools in Bristol & Swindon accused of anti-gay sex education

Schools in both Bristol & Swindon have been found to be amongst dozens in England and Wales accused of using language in sex education policies echoing the scrapped “Section 28” rules, which banned the promotion of homosexuality.

The British Humanist Association have made claims that there are more than 40 schools with such sex education policies even though the controversial Section 28 legislation was abolished a decade ago.

Swindon Academy has now amended a policy which had stated: “Staff have a responsibility to engage in objective discussions on homosexuality but not to promote it.” following this action a statement from United Learning, who are the academy’s sponsor, said: “We abhor discrimination of any kind.”

Adam Timlin, 30 who is a former governor of Chiseldon Primary, spotted the policy wording and told the Swindon Advertiser “I went to school as a gay person so know what it is like. I read about this policy and was shocked to see it was a school in my town. It’s very concerning to see this still being pushed in schools.”

Another school named in the investigation was Colston’s Girls’ School in Bristol, which has said it had withdrawn the policy in late June.

A spokeswoman for Colston Girls said that the school was “an environment that promotes equality and respects and celebrates the diversity of all members of the school community” and that, “The policy was immediately withdrawn and a replacement is currently being prepared which will be published on the school website in due course”

A Department for Education spokesman said schools should not “promote any sexual orientation”.