URGENT – Proposed Teacher’s Code Is A Threat To Christian Freedom

A new draft Code of Conduct and Practice for teachers in England in was published in the autumn of 2008 by the General Teaching Council for England [GTC].

——–URGENT ACTION REQUIRED PLEASE READ ON——–

To be able to teach in England teachers it is necessary to sign a clause agreeing to adhere to “the Code”, which is used as the benchmark by which teachers are judged by the GTC, Employment Tribunals, or schools and Local Education Authorities.

Christian Concern For Our Nation have alerted us to the fact that:

 “the Code requires teachers to “promote equality and diversity in all their professional relationships” in Principle 4. This implies that teachers will be required to promote other religions and/or sexual practices outside marriage and it could lead to censorship. We believe that teachers should be required to respect pupils, parents and colleagues from other backgrounds, but should not be required to promote other religions and sexual orientations such as homosexuality that are contrary to their beliefs. The ordinary meanings of the words “equality” and “diversity” should not cause a problem, but recent cases have shown how these terms have been interpreted to require promotion of values contrary to Christian beliefs. For example, a nurse, Caroline Petrie, was suspended for offering to pray for a patient and a registrar, Lillian Ladele, was dismissed for refusing to carry out civil partnership ceremonies. It is important to respond to this survey because as a result of this draft Code, Christian teachers could face disciplinary action or even dismissal for practising their faith.”

Although they state that they are consulting widely, I have only just discovered this, and the closing date for consultation is THIS FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27TH 2009.

If you visit the GTC website at http://www.gtce.org.uk and follow the links you can make a difference, please take a few minutes to support Christian teachers.

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