Yusuf Patel from SREIslamic explains their involvement in the Let Kids Be Kids Coalition and why they believe this case is so important for families…
It wasn’t enough for the government to impose statutory Relationships Education (RE) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in schools, it also downgraded our right to withdraw. This has always been a trump card parents can use when schools decide to teach too much too soon.
We have received notice that the Court has listed the Permission Hearing for 3rd December for 30 mins. Whilst we believe 30 minutes is too little time, we are nonetheless happy to have a date to work towards. Our Solicitor will be notified in due course of the method of the hearing, as some courts are conducting their business face to face, and others online, so how this one will be conducted is as yet unknown.
As a reminder of why we are pursuing this Judicial Review – click here to visit the rse-unmasked webpage, which has been prepared by Voice for Justice, and shows some of the material (DfE recommended) which children are being subjected to in the classroom. Please beware as some may find the material shocking & distressing.
As you may recall, we were waiting to hear from the Court, about permission to proceed to the Judicial Review. On Thursday 22nd October, we received a letter advising us that permission to apply for Judicial Review has been refused. We were refused on the basis of time – the Judge ruling that the challenge to both the Regulations and the Guidance is hopelessly out of time, and that there is, in his opinion, no good reason to extend time.
We have the right to appeal, and given we do not agree with the Judge that there is no good reason to extend time, we will Appeal within 7 days. So we are pressing on… all the while knowing that all the delays mean more RSE classes are happening in schools which potentially will be exposing young children to inappropriate, sexualised content.
Regarding sexualised content, the video link below shows genuine RSE resources, prepared for use in the classroom. Whilst it makes for uncomfortable viewing, it nevertheless highlights why we are seeking this Judicial Review – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4ofDAEl7UI&t=1s. Feel free to share it as you feel appropriate.
We’ve been asked if there has been a recent victory over RSE in schools. In recent communications, the Government have been adamant that the recently published materials (including non statutory Guidance on implementation of RSE teaching) were in no way a “concession” and that the “guidance under challenge in the present claim remains in force”.
That being the case, the Let Kids Be Kids Coalition challenge of that Statutory Guidance and the lack of Parental Right of Withdrawal, remains steadfast and in need of your support.