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Staffordshire Council plans to BLOCK parents rights to refuse School trips to Mosques

STAFFORDSHIRE COUNCIL is attempting to block parents rights to stop visits to mosques after it emerged some parents are using their rights to refuse to allow their children to visit places of worship.

Under current procedures, Parents are well within their right to withdraw their children from visits to places of worship. Some cite costs, while others are concerned about safety or a ‘political agenda’.

Politicalite has learnt that Conservative lead Staffordshire Council in the West Midlands will now issue warnings to parents who refuse to allow their children to visit places of worship.

Staffordshire’s Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) – has produced a document to help schools deal with parents who refuse to allow their children to visit mosques.

It includes a template letter to parents, outlining the value of helping pupils understand different cultures and faiths.

SACRE said requests to withdraw children from these activities was ‘a serious matter’.

The document states: “While objections are raised about visits to a number of places of worship, they are most frequently about visits to mosques, which raises the bigger issue of Islamaphobia and how this can be addressed.”

The document adds: “Visits to sacred spaces bring the agreed syllabus to life and underpin the role of RE in helping to prepare and equip pupils for life and citizenship in today’s diverse and plural Britain.”

The advice includes tips on how to prepare schoolchildren for an RE trip so they ‘will be comfortable with any differences they see’.

They also plan to have representatives from Mosques come into schools and offer a virtual tour of a place of worship and having discussions in class prior to visits – meaning Parents will be unable to fully object, as the tour is on School premises.

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  1. Jeremiah Scanlon

    November 14, 2017 at 01:18

    You can withdraw your child from RE with a simple letter to the school, it’s the law. Religious Education (RE) must be taught by all state-funded schools. However, it has an unusual position on the curriculum: it is part of the basic curriculum but not the National Curriculum, and is one of two subjects (along with sex and relationship education) where parents have a legal right to withdraw their children from class.
    See 1.2 RE in local authority maintained schools Religious Education is a component of the basic curriculum (but not the National Curriculum) and is compulsory for all pupils in local authority maintained schools aged 5 to 18 years unless they are withdrawn from these lessons by their parents, or withdraw by their own choice after their 18th birthday. (The provision applies to school sixth forms, therefore, whereas no equivalent is in place for 16-18 year olds in sixth form colleges or other further education institutions.) They are not obliged to give a reason, and the school is expected to comply with the request. The statutory provisions relating to religious education are contained in sections 69 and 71 and schedule 19 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, as amended.
    http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7167

  2. Maffi

    November 14, 2017 at 09:28

    The forced inculcation of our children in the ways of Islam is a national disgrace. Those who are forcing this issue are abusing our trust..

  3. Margaret Robinson

    November 14, 2017 at 11:29

    Parents do not want their children exposed to Islamic propaganda. These visits are unlikely to deal with the harder side of Islam so the children will be given a one-sided view that omits the oppression of women gays and non believers. Will there be visits to Christian churches and Jewish synagogues where Muslim parents must also comply. Why is it always British people of all colours that must demonstrate their tolerance. Please make some effort to enforce Islam to demonstrate there tolerance. On a daily basis British people are demanded to tolerate the most intolerant religion in the world in fact not just to tolerate it but to embrace it

  4. Glenys Hutchinson

    November 14, 2017 at 18:15

    ‘They also plan to have representatives from Mosques come into schools and offer a virtual tour of a place of worship and having discussions in class prior to visits – meaning Parents will be unable to fully object, as the tour is on School premises.’

    Question if they say it is to teach diversity about worship, why do they concentrate of having representatives from Mosques coming into schools? Will they have Sikhs in with virtual Temples and Jews with virtual synagogues etc, etc.

  5. Barb

    November 30, 2017 at 18:09

    We learned all we need to know about islum on 9/11.

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