LGBT-row teacher up for $1m global prize

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A Birmingham assistant head at the centre of a row over lessons on LGBT rights and homophobia has been named in the top 10 shortlist for a global teaching prize.

Parkfield Community School assistant head teacher Andrew Moffat is in the running for the $1m (£770,000) prize.

He has faced protests from some Muslim parents at the primary school.

The shortlist was announced by X-Men actor Hugh Jackman, who said teachers were the “real superheroes”.

Mr Moffat has run a “No outsiders” project promoting equality and diversity in the school, including lessons about sexual identity and LGBT rights.

This angered some parents, who earlier this term held protests outside the school, with some signing a petition against the project.

Protesters said primary school children were too young for such lessons.

But a statement from the school said it had a duty to protect pupils from harm, including homophobic or transgender bullying.

Mr Moffat, who was awarded an MBE in 2017 for his services to equality and diversity in education, has been named in the latest shortlist for the annual Global Teacher Prize, run by the Varkey Foundation education charity.

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