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Government probe school’s ‘anti-gay’ policy


• Apologetic headteacher blames ‘old policy’ on school website


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A HAVERFORDWEST school


is being investigated by the Welsh Government after its website was found to carry an unlawful policy on teaching pupils about homosexuality. Tasker Milward school in Haverfordwest, which has over 1000 students, was one of a number of schools in the UK identified as having a published policy which breached the 2010 Equality Act.


The policy statement echoed the


notorious Section 28 brought in by Margaret Thatcher’s government in 1988, which outlawed the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality in schools. In 2003, Section 28 was repealed and the 2010 Equality Act made discrimination on


grounds of sexual orientation an offence. Tasker Milward’s policy stated


it: “[did] not prevent teachers from addressing issues of homosexuality in the classroom in a neutral and unbiased manner; however, the local authority shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material which actively promotes homosexuality.” The policy’s presence on the


school’s website was described by campaigners as “simply unacceptable” and the Welsh Government confirmed it was “concerned” and investigating as “a matter of urgency”.


The school has stated that the policy dated from 2008, was an old one that had not been in


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