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call for schools to rectify offending policies

23 April 2014

Delegates at the NUT’s annual conference have reportedly admitted that some of their schools’ policies use language akin to a ban on the promotion of homosexuality in the classroom. The law permitting schools to introduce such a ban was repealed years ago but it seems some policies have not been updated.

Some policies slip through the net when schools carry out policy reviews and this story is evidence of the problems it creates when it happens. Schools should regularly review their policies to ensure compliance with equality legislation as any school found to impose bans on the discussion of sexuality and in doing so treat any pupil or member of staff unfavourably on the grounds of their sexual orientation could find itself subject to a discrimination claim as well as adverse press and reputational repercussions.

Sexual orientation divides opinion and prejudicial policies – unintentionally or otherwise – need to be updated to comply with the law. Now is as good a time as any to double-check yours.

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