The CofE report that has got Fr Longenecker in a tizzy, and has others rubbing their hands at the descent of the English Church into depravity, is an attempt to guide Church schools on how to avoid sex-motivated bullying. The announcement of the report begins:
Guidance for the Church of England’s 4,700 schools published today aims to prevent pupils from having their self-worth diminished or their ability to achieve impeded by being bullied because of their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity.
The report makes 12 recommendations for schools including ensuring schools’ Christian ethos statements offer “an inclusive vision for education” where “every child should be revered and respected as members of a community where all are known and loved by God. “
_Clear anti-bullying policies should include HBT behaviours and language, policies on how to report incidences should be accessible, staff trained on recognising bullying, curriculum and collective worship should support the vision and the wider church ensure that schools are responding well to the guidance.
Can we agree that measures to prevent bullying of children are to be welcomed?