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Give parents the right to withdraw their child from relationship study lessons.

Submitted by Steven Foster on Monday 27th July 2020

Published on Thursday 17th September 2020

Current status: Open

Open until: Wednesday 17th March 2021

Current Signatures: 14
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Anxiety ~ Capacity ~ Child ~ Children ~ concerns ~ Conservative ~ Conservatives ~ Gender ~ Identity ~ It ~ relationship ~ Teachers ~ teaching

Petition Action

Give parents the right to withdraw their child from relationship study lessons.

Petition Details

Gender dysphoria is complex and involves deep psychological aspects, which we believe children lack the cognitive capacity to understand.

Additional Information

It is unproven that gender is a choice and not the same as biological sex, and teaching children this is contrary to the views of some conservative groups and religious teachings.

Currently, teachers must listen to parents’ concerns, but aren’t obliged to act on them. Religion is a protected characteristic under the equality act, gender identity is not. Disagreeing parents could give conflicting messages, which may create anxiety, distrust in teachers and confusion.

We request the right for parents to withdraw their children from lessons where teachings are against their beliefs or religion.


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