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Waltham Forest has always been an open, welcoming place that anyone can call home, and I am proud to represent our diverse borough.
There is absolutely no place for hatred and homophobia in our borough, and we stand in solidarity with our LGBT residents.
That is why Waltham Forest Council welcomes the new statutory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) guidance and is committed to supporting schools in providing a fully inclusive curriculum. We have been in contact with Stonewall, the East London Out Project and One Decision to develop a support package for schools as they prepare their curriculum resources, and will be reviewing our anti-harassment policy to ensure that school sites are a safe space for teachers and staff.
In our schools and playgrounds, we want children to happily play with each other, with respect for each other’s faith, background and culture and be happy and comfortable with their own identities.
We are committed to tackling all forms of discrimination and will be holding Waltham Forest’s first ever Citizen’s Assembly in the coming months, focusing on how we can work together with our partners and communities to tackle bigotry, prejudice, hate speech and hate crime.
Citizens’ Assemblies have become an increasingly popular way to enable members of the public to steer and influence decision-making, having been used to great effect in the run-up to the referendum on abortion in Ireland. We hope our first Citizens’ Assembly will produce a range of recommendations on what we can do to support everyone to tackle intolerance and promote understanding in our borough, and will provide further details on how residents can get involved in the coming months.
Cllr Clare Coghill, Leader of the Council – 20/09/2019
From September 2020 it will be compulsory for primary pupils to be taught Relationships Education and for secondary pupils to be taught Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). Some misleading information has been circulated about what this means for parents and pupils, you can find accurate information about relationships and sex education here.