Weaponised unreasonableness: father claims school standards violate his rights

After a father threatens the government with legal action over a requirement to teach about LGBT people in independent schools, Alastair Lichten argues the focus should remain on protecting pupils’ rights.

In light of systemic failure and an inspectorate willing to hold them to account, some advocates of independent Jewish faith schools want to change the school standards and shift the conversation onto alleged biases. There have been a string of articles, protests and ‘community leaders’ demanding meetings with the Department for Education and the prime minister’s faith advisor. For example, in November Rabbi Mordechai Rose; affiliated to Chinuch UK, a group which works to oppose secular oversight of Jewish Orthodox schools; published his own tirade saying the independent standards threatens Jewish schools’ “purity” and detailing the failings he was upset at Ofsted for noticing.

The ‘NSS articles’ category contains links to my opinion pieces, written while a campaigns officer or head of education for the National Secular Society, before June 2022. You can read the full original of this article here >>>

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