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Stop Ofsted perverting young minds

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EMAIL YOUR MP TODAY: DROP PLANS FOR OFSTED ‘BRITISH’ VALUES CHECKS ON YOUTH GROUPS

25 April 2017

Dear Marriage supporter

There’s to be a General Election on 8 June. The PM’s announcement probably took us all by surprise.

Parliament will be dissolved in the next few days. So now is the last chance to contact your sitting MP who is likely to be asked for their views on the party manifesto.

I believe the most pressing issue is to stop disagreement with same-sex ‘marriage’ being classed as ‘extremism’ or a breach of ‘British’ values. Ofsted’s school inspectors have been caught out blatantly promoting same-sex ‘marriage’ in schools. The current Government wants to extend Ofsted powers to cover youth work, including church youth groups and Sunday schools.

Please email your MP today and ask: “Will your party drop plans for the state registration and Ofsted inspection of youth work?”

We understand that Ofsted inspectors have systematically interrogated teachers in one school about their personal beliefs on same-sex ‘marriage’. The school has asked to remain anonymous.

You may already be aware of Ofsted’s hostile ‘British’ values inspections of Christian and Jewish [but not Muslim] schools, where children have been asked intrusive questions behind the backs of parents.

Ofsted has never apologized or admitted wrongdoing in any of these inspections.

Inspecting children’s clubs

Despite Ofsted’s political ‘correctness’, the Department for Education wants hugely to expand its powers. Under the plans, there would be inspections of youth activities all around the country.

Any group which teaches children for more than six hours in any week will be required to register and could then be inspected by Ofsted: scouts and guides, church youth groups, sports clubs, music lessons, drama groups… If a young person attends a Sunday school, choir or youth group and this adds up to more than six hours in a week, then Ofsted could wade in.

Inspectors will be on the lookout for signs of ‘extremism’. But to some Ofsted inspectors, believing in traditional marriage is a sure sign of extremism. The Government’s [dis]integration ‘tsarina’, Dame Louise Casey, expressed similar thoughts, though she has been forced to back-track.

We face a long-term battle for the hearts and minds of the next generation. Young people deserve to hear the truth – that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Today Ofsted is one of the main obstacles to young people learning about the real meaning of marriage.

Please take action. Email your MP today while there is still time.

Tips for what to say

Please be polite but firm.

Ask your MP to ensure that their party drops plans for Ofsted to carry out ‘British’ values checks on youth groups. Say that the whole state registration idea should be dropped. If this issue will affect how you vote, then say so. Mention any youth group that you know about.

Using your own words, you may wish to include one or two of the following points:

Say that requiring youth group activities to register with the state is an over-the-top reaction to the problem of extremism.

Say that young people who attend a church could easily go over the six-hour threshold by attending different activities at the same church.

Say that Ofsted has a track record of confusing support for traditional marriage with extremism.

Say that Ofsted should have no role inspecting teaching in youth groups. Ofsted inspectors have failed to respect people who believe in traditional marriage and are generally unable properly to assess British values.

Say that Ofsted has never apologized for its inspectors’ hostility towards pupils and teachers who believe in traditional marriage.

Say that there is no law saying you have to agree with same-sex ‘marriage’, yet some school inspectors and public officials act as though there is.

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Yours sincerely

Colin Hart
Campaign Director
Coalition for Marriage