Let Kids be Kids: Help us protect our Children.

by Clare Thomas

Let Kids be Kids: Help us protect our Children.

by Clare Thomas
Clare Thomas
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My name is Clare and I have five children (in primary and secondary schools.) I am a secondary school teacher and a primary School Governor. I know a lot about education and how schools work.
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Latest: Sept. 15, 2020

Letter Before Claim response from DfE is a threat of costs... !!

Dear Supporters

Thank you so much for your support to date.

Just to update you, as part of the legal process, we wrote a Letter Before Claim to the DfE outlining our concerns of the new RSE curriculum …

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My story:

This September* the Department for Education is introducing mandatory Relationship Education in primary schools, and Relationship and Sex Education in secondary schools - parents will have no right to withdraw their children from these classes. The Department has also said results of 'parental engagement' can just be set aside! When I heard this, my alarm bells went off. 

I believe strongly in the rights and the duty of parents to direct the moral and ethical upbringing of their own children in the most fundamental matters of belief, sex and relationships. If we consider that a school is teaching things which puts our children in a position of conflict and confusion, we should be able to protect our children from it. This is the principle which justly allows parents to withdraw their children from Sex Education in primary schools or from religious worship. It means we get a say - it is our right.

Many schools are doing and will do RSE well. There is a need to affirm children within complex family structures, help them understand their changing bodies as they grow and to encourage them in happy, healthy and lasting relationships, all in a sensitive and age-appropriate way.

What will your school teach? It's yet another lottery!

I say this because, whilst working in education, despite seeing many good examples, I have become very concerned about the material produced by some ideological activist groups for RSE teacher training and for speakers visiting schools. Some of it contains graphic content and also material about 'gender identity'. Some of this content is even delivered in cartoon videos, giving children the impression that it is no different from watching Peppa Pig!

We can't (most of us) choose where our children go to school. We can't choose (thanks, DfE!) what they get taught in RSE. So shouldn't we have the right to withdraw them if we wish?

One clear example of the dire need for rights of withdrawal came from an 'RSE Early Adopter School', where we soon found out what the Government reforms might mean in practice. Protests began in Birmingham about the highly sexualised content given to primary school children. The Government said they would ignore the parents, and indeed did, and the local authority secured injunctions against the parents. The children continued to receive the very education that the parents say is against their ethical and religious viewpoint.

What is this Judicial Review about? 

  • It's about giving parents a way to ensure that their children are not subject to lessons that as parents we feel are subverting our primary educational role as parents.
  • It's about safeguarding the innocence of the young hearts and minds of our children.
  • Its about protecting parental rights so we don't feel our only recourse is to protest outside schools.
  • It's about ensuring schools and teachers are not faced with unhappy and unpleasant protests.
  • It's about ensuring our children are educated but not indoctrinated.

I think the only way to achieve this is for parents to have the right to withdraw children from the new RSE programme, which is being rolled out throughout the country on 1st September 2020*.

In other circumstances I wouldn't have touched the idea of a lawsuit with a bargepole, but this matter is too important to be ignored. So I have joined a new group called the Let Kids Be Kids Coalition. I am a Christian but the Let Kids be Kids Coalition is open to those of all faiths and none, so please join us. We need your help and support.

We need funds to go to Court for a Judicial Review and I will be instructing the renowned human rights barrister Paul Diamond, who will be holding funds in Shieldpay - an escrow account. 

Time is short: and we must raise funds for Court in August

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*For some schools which haven't yet put together their RSE programme there is a short moratorium because of Covid19 until summer 2021 but this won't affect most schools.

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Clare Thomas

Sept. 15, 2020

Letter Before Claim response from DfE is a threat of costs... !!

Dear Supporters

Thank you so much for your support to date.

Just to update you, as part of the legal process, we wrote a Letter Before Claim to the DfE outlining our concerns of the new RSE curriculum and the lack of Parental Withdrawal. They replied that the RSE curriculum was lawful, even though LKBKC have already heard from concerned parents about inappropriate material being introduced into schools. This includes sexually explicit content and ideological beliefs about sex and gender, which has been upsetting for children and parents alike.

We asked in the Letter Before Claim about the 1500 Early Adopter Schools that have already introduced RSE, such as those in Birmingham where the parents had to protest against what was being taught to their children.

The DfE refused to supply any information because they told us they don’t hold any such information, which we found interesting. 

The DfE have said they are ‘hugely grateful’ to the 1500 Early Adopter Schools who ‘already deliver much of the content set out in the statutory Guidance and do so very well’.  Again, we find it interesting that the DfE assert they don’t know what is being taught as part of the RSE curriculum, whilst highly sexualised teaching is being given to children in schools which they are thanking.

Furthermore, in their response to our Letter Before Claim, the DfE threatened us with costs.  That’s right.  They will use our tax payers money to fight against parents trying to protect their children, and hope to scare us off with costs.  I find this very distasteful and unfitting of our Government.

 As we all know, the new school year has started, and children are being exposed to more sexualised content. 

So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE continue to share our story, so others are alert to what is going on, and can raise their concerns with the school and local MP and also please support our case.

Thank you!

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