SCHOOL IS CAUGHT IN ANTI?GAY ROW; Campaigners Force Policy Review on Teaching of Homosexuality

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Byline: Simon Gilbert NEWS REPORTER

A COVENTRY school has been forced to review its policy on the teaching of homosexuality.

The Grace Academy, in Woodway Park, Coventry, has been named by the British Humanist Association as one of 46 schools nationally to have introduced policies to avoid including homosexuality in sex education. Campaigners have criticised the schools for having policy statements which do not allow teachers to "promote" homosexuality. They say it's a return to the days of the controversial Section 28 brought in by Margaret Thatcher 25 years ago.

That stated schools "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" or "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship".

The Labour government scrapped the legislation about ten years ago.

Grace Academy, which is founded on Christian values and standards, is sponsored by committed Christian Lord Robert Edmiston who is also head of the board of trustees.

Lord Edmiston vehemently opposed the legalisation of gay marriage during a parliamentary debate on the subject in July.

The academy's controversial policy read: "The academy recognises the need to address the issue of homosexuality and the need to provide education related to the spread of HIV/AIDS which will, of necessity, include reference to homosexuals and bisexual behaviou r. …