To ask Her Majesty's Government, following reports that parents have withdrawn their children from Parkfield Community School in Alum Rock, Birmingham, what steps they have taken to ensure that pupils who have been withdrawn receive an adequate education whilst not attending school.
18 March 2019
The department is actively engaged in the situation at Parkfield Community School, where parents are objecting to an educational programme, No Outsiders, which contains elements of teaching around lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. Senior officials from the Regional School Commissioner’s Office have been on site regularly since the start of this issue and have facilitated conversations between the community, the academy and Excelsior Multi Academy Trust. They are already working closely with the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill, Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Education Partnership to resolve the conflict and, as such, end pupil absences as soon as possible.
At this stage the department believes no extra provision is required, however every extra day of school missed can have a negative impact on pupils’ education; there must therefore be a good reason to take them out of school. The department is working with the school and its parents to find a solution.