Teachers admit self-censoring in lessons to avoid causing religious offence to pupils | The Sun

TEACHERS have admitted self-censoring in lessons to avoid causing religious offence to pupils, a report reveals.

Sixteen per cent say they have done so — rising to 19 per cent for English and art teachers, a think-tank found.

Half believe their safety would be at risk if protests took place outside school and concerns have been raised of a “de facto blasphemy code” operating nationwide.

The Policy Exchange report said teachers accused of unintentionally using materials some religious groups may find offensive should not be suspended.

It comes after a teacher in Batley, West Yorks, was forced into hiding after showing a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed.

Former Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said: “We owe it to teachers and pupils to provide a secure environment where open, honest and free discussion is not only permitted, but actively encouraged.”



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The Department for Education said schools must promote fundamental British values including individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.

Teachers can cover a range of issues, ideas and materials — subject to their obligations to ensure political balance.

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