We have written to all Lambeth primary and secondary schools expressing our support for them teaching LGBT+ inclusive education. Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite is the Deputy Leader of the Council, with responsibility for Children and Young People, and a councillor in Gipsy Hill ward.
I am writing following the recent protests against LGBT+ inclusive relationships education being taught in primary schools that started in Birmingham and have now been seen elsewhere in the country. I want to assure you that Lambeth council will stand firmly alongside every single one of our schools delivering LGBT+ inclusive education and will never bow down to bigotry or allow intolerance to dictate what is taught to our children.
Lambeth is proudly home to one of the most diverse populations anywhere in the UK. We are a melting pot of different cultures, beliefs, background and experiences, and this is what makes our borough so strong. It is important that this diversity and understanding of difference is a central part of educating the young people who are growing up and learning in Lambeth schools.
The teaching of LGBT+ inclusive relationships education at primary school, and relationships and sex education at secondary school, is hugely important. Teaching about LGBT+ families and identities ensures that children from LGBT+ families or who might have an LGBT+ identity themselves are reflected in what they learn. It also helps tackle the anti-LGBT+ bullying that is still a serious problems in schools across the country by teaching all young people that there is nothing wrong or unusual about being LGBT+. Understanding and celebrating difference is a key part of creating a more open and loving society.
Lambeth schools are already doing a fantastic job of making education LGBT+ inclusive and offering relationships and sex education that teaches children about healthy relationships and the different kind of families and identities that exist in our society. We look forward to inclusive education continuing and growing within our schools – which we will be proud to support and uphold.
Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite
Deputy Leader (Children and Young People), Lambeth Council