Schools in England should not use anti-capitalist and other extreme materials in teaching, the UK government told them on Sept. 24.
The advice comes as part of the extensive Department of Education (DfE) guidance announced for schools on setting their relationships, sex, and health curriculum.
Opposing Free SpeechResources from such organizations opposing free speech, and the freedoms of association, assembly, religion, and conscience are out of bounds, it added.
The guidelines met with criticism from Labour members of Parliament.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International UK (AIUK) said the government guidance was needed but had overreached when it came to banning anti-capitalist materials.
“While it’s clearly necessary to avoid materials with homophobic, racist or similarly extreme content being used as teaching tools in our schools, it’s a step too far to ban materials which question an economic model such as capitalism,” Allan Hogarth, AIUK’s head of policy and government affairs, said in an emailed statement.
A Variety of ViewsMinister of State for School Standards Nick Gibb said the curriculum guidelines would help schools provide an environment echoing a variety of views and supporting individual pupils.
The government guidance also tells schools not to use materials produced by organizations that use or support “racist, including antisemitic, language or communications.”
It warns against the use of materials from groups that promote or fail to condemn illegality or violence committed directly in their name or in support of them.
Another example of an extreme position was given as "promoting divisive or victim narratives that are harmful to British society."