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School leaders’ parliamentary briefing on Relationships Education and equality

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Primary school leaders in some areas of the country have been the targets of campaigning, protests and abuse relating to their commitment to equality and diversity. LGBT+ inclusion has been the focus of these protests. Protesters have argued that this learning should not happen in primary schools and parents should be able to withdraw their children from it.

On 11 June, school leaders on the front line will provide first-hand accounts of the challenges and opportunities that the announcement of the new regulations has meant for them, within our school communities.

This briefing will take place on Tuesday 11 June from 3pm to 4pm in Committee Room 9 in the main House of Commons building.

Speakers will include:

  • Paul Whiteman – NAHT general secretary
  • Emma Hardy – MP for Hull West and Hessle 
  • Nazir Afzal – former Crown Chief Prosecutor for North West (video contribution)
  • Sara Khan – lead commissioner, Commission for Countering Extremism
  • David Isaac – chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Jono Baggaley - CEO of the PSHE Association
  • Steve Edmonds – director of advice and guidance, National Governors Association
  • Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson – head teacher at Anderton Primary School, Birmingham 
  • Andrew Moffat – deputy head teacher, Parkfield Primary School, Birmingham
  • Simon Kidwell – head teacher at Hartford Manor Primary School in Northwich, Cheshire 
  • Dean Taylor – president, NAHT Wales and head teacher in Newport
  • Rob Partington – head teacher, New Moston Primary School in Manchester, and Stonewall training partner

If you would like to attend this critical briefing, please RSVP to

First published 10 June 2019