Help Nigel and Sally Rowe challenge church primary school's 'transgender policy'
A church primary school in the UK has suggested that if a six-year-old child is unable to “believe a transgender person is actually a 'real' female or male" he could be guilty of “transphobic behaviour”.
The six-year-old in question is the son of Nigel and Sally Rowe who have reluctantly removed him from the Church of England school while they challenge the school’s ‘transgender policy’.
Nigel and Sally Rowe raised concerns with the school on the Isle of Wight when another boy in their six-year-old son's class started coming to school on some days dressed as girl.
But the school defended its approach.
In a letter, the school implied that the Rowe's six-year-old could be guilty of "transphobic behaviour" if he was unable to "believe a transgender person is actually a 'real' female or male" or if he failed to refer to the other boy as 'she' if that is what 'she' wanted.
Given the school's response, Nigel and Sally have reluctantly decided to remove their son from the school, and to bring a legal challenge so that the policy can be scrutinised.
They are taking action to challenge "the aggressive new gender ideology that is being rolled out across the education system to the detriment of children's best interests," they explain.
But the Church of England Diocese of Portsmouth has defended the school’s behaviour.
The Diocese’s Director of Education, Jeff Williams, was reported as saying:
"Church of England schools are inclusive environments where pupils learn to respect diversity of all kinds. Like any other state school, our schools comply with the legal requirements of the Equalities Act 2010.
"Among other things, this requires schools to accept the wishes of children and their families with regard to gender identity. It would be unlawful for any of our schools to do otherwise. Because our schools have a Christian ethos, we also believe that children of all faiths and those with none should all feel equally welcomed, valued and nurtured as children of God within our learning communities."
If a school allows a six-year-old boy to be recognised as a ‘girl’, it is teaching other six-year-old children that gender is not fixed by biological reality but is fluid.
If a school requires other six-year-olds to recognise a boy as a ‘girl’, it is coercing children to say things that are untrue and that may conflict with their beliefs or those of their family.
This is an attack on freedom of thought, religion and speech, as well as parental freedom.
Please sign this petition asking Mr Williams to change the Diocesan policy.
Please also sign this second petition to the Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon. Justine Greening MP.