A top education boss has criticised parents protesting against LGBT being taught openly in the classroom , adding how every child should learn about same-sex relationships.

Amanda Spielman, chief inspector of Ofsted, explained how it is vital children know about "families that have two mummies or two daddies".

The Ofsted head has condemned the dozens of parents who have been picketing outside Parkfield Community School in Saltley in recent weeks against the No Outsiders programme - a curriculum started by its assistant head teacher Andrew Moffat.

Mr Moffat previously said he felt threatened by actions outside of the school gates, but vowed Parkfield "is the best school for me".

Mrs Spielman, in light of angry protests against teachings of same-sex couples, told the BBC : "It's making sure [children] know just enough to know that some people prefer not to get married to somebody of the opposite sex and that sometimes there are families that have two mummies or two daddies.

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman
Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman

"It's about making sure that children who do happen to realise that they themselves may not fit a conventional pattern know that they're not bad, they're not ill.

"And, at the end of the day, it's something that the vast majority of faith schools, even those which clearly teach that homosexuality is not right in their faith, still manage to do in a sensitive and careful way that absolutely does fulfil the law and we report on that very regularly in our inspection reports.

 

"This is something where we've got to have sane, rational discussion to say, 'Are there places where it's not working well enough that we can find better ways?'

"But it's proper conversation that will change it, not protests."

She added: "The essence of democracy is we don't all get our way.

"The essence of democracy is that we accept majority decision which means there will always be things that some of us don't like.

"That if we were running the country, we wouldn't do.

Andrew Moffat, pictured with No Outsiders book Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly
Andrew Moffat, pictured with No Outsiders book Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly

"But that is the very essence of it - accepting that we can't have 100 per cent of what we want."

Mr Moffat, meanwhile, assistant head at Parkfield Community School , has made it to the final of the Global Teacher Prize.

The gay teacher was branded a "real superhero" by Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman, who revealed how Mr Moffat was the only Briton to be named in the top 10 for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019.

The other nine finalists teach in Georgia, Brazil, the Netherlands, India, America, Argentina, Australia, Japan and Kenya.

 

The winner of the Global Teacher Prize will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai on March 24.