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.
Teachers have admitted self-censoring in lessons to avoid causing religious offence to pupils, a report revealsPA
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.”
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.