A mum whose child goes to school in New Cross has claimed she is banned from seeing sex education material that is being used to teach her daughter.

Clare Page, who has a daughter at Haberdashers’ Hatcham College in New Cross, told GB News that her daughter’s school offered a lesson on consent, and she allowed her to take that lesson which seemed like a “good idea”.

It comes after the government introduced a new regulation for schools to make the teaching of relationships and sex education compulsory from September 2021.

Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory RSE, according to the UK government website.

Claire said she was “a little concerned” when her daughter returned from the lesson, and she was told by her that “we live in a heteronormative world”.

Featuring on GB News, she explained: “These definitions are open to contention anyway, but largely speaking, the idea is that it's a world that expects everyone to be heterosexual, or to be a man and a woman only and to have heterosexual relationships, and perhaps frown on other ways of going about life.

“We weren't told very much about it, it was just presented as something that would be of high quality by a trusted provider that has come in from outside the school, and it would meet DFE regulation, so fine.”

Claire claims the school asserted that you should be sex-positive in attitude to relationships, which she thought was an “ideological” approach to take.

She added: “And of course, in schools, teachers should not give their ideology to children as fact, you can give ideas and discuss them, but you shouldn't, indoctrinate really.”

Claire said she made a Freedom of Information request to the school and that this was later turned down.

“So I just asked the school, could I please see that lesson plan and understand the actual words, and images that were used?

“The response was that the commercial interests of that provider would trump my interest as a parent to see the material and so it had to be kept secret for commercial reasons.

“That concerned me in the sense that if there was a provider who knew they were coming to teach children, why would they not want to show what they were teaching to parents as well?”

After looking at the school’s website, she was concerned to find that the site was “full of ideological claims.”

Claire said: “I also, at that point, had a good look on the provider’s website to try and understand where they're coming from and found three really concerning things.

“The first is that the website was full of ideological claims, which breaks the Education Act, really.

“And then the second was that it had some really sexually explicit lesson plans which I actually can't even describe on a morning TV show, and yet they were there on a children's education website.

“And then the third thing is that they linked with live links through to their own private concerns on other websites, where they were selling sex toys, promoting 18 plus pornography, and giving sex advice about every kind of masturbation in the most graphic detail.”

Claire was “stunned” after the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the school after making her request.

She said they have gone against what the Department of Education and the Secretary of State want, and against parents.

Claire explained: “I can't think of any parent who would think it was okay to have secrets about what their child was taught. 

“It wasn't just the material actually.

“I asked to know who taught my child, the identity of the person so that I could know whether it was the person who has conflicting interests, and I was told that that also should be kept secret to protect their privacy.”

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