Paul Whiteman, general secretary of NAHT, which represents leaders in the majority of schools, and has been supporting the schools affected by protests in Birmingham, said:
“This judgement makes it abundantly clear that the school gate is no place to hold a protest. These protests have been widely and rightly condemned and they should now be brought to an end with immediate effect. An end to the protests will help everyone involved restore a peaceful and productive teaching and learning environment as swiftly as possible.
“Dedicated public servants faithfully discharging their duty have an absolute right to feel confident and safe, pupils should never have to walk past noisy and aggressive protests on their way to school. We will continue to support schools where disagreements persist because diversity and equality are a matter of fact and a matter of law and learning about equality and diversity is not optional.”
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