Shah said his son told him about the conversation with the inspectors after he picked him up from school on Wednesday.
“He said, Dad, when they took us to the side room, they said ‘Do you guys know what gay means?’. My son said, yes, I do know what it means, what’s that got to do with our education? They said, ‘Are you exposed to it in any way, good or bad, does the school teach you anything about it? My son replied, no, the school has not taught us anything about it but I have heard of the word and I’d rather not have this conversation with you at all.”
Shah said the inspector told his son not to be offended, telling him: “It’s just a part of the law we have to ask you.”
Oh, my…! There’s not enough popcorn in the world for this one!
The inspectors questioned the group of nine and 10-year-olds on Wednesday, and then met more than 20 parents who attended a scheduled meeting on Thursday morning as part of the inspection. At the meeting the parents raised the appropriateness of the questioning, and after discussion between the inspectors, parents and school, the inspectors opted to withdraw, ending the inspection a day early.
Heh! A tactical retreat, or fleeing in panic..?
Farasat Latif, who is the chair of the trust that runs the school and a parent whose children attend it, said the meeting was largely amicable.
“One of the parents said to them, and all of us agreed, this is a safeguarding issue, we are not comfortable about adults speaking to our children about issues of sexuality. Therefore either you stop the inspection now or we pull our kids out, and they’re in the middle of Sats.
“When they realised we were serious about that, they left,” Latif said. “This is about sexualising young children.”
Suddenly, parent power counts for something after all. Quite remarkable!