A sex education policy which appeared on an academy trust’s website has been criticised as “explicitly homophobic”.
A bisexual teacher, who saw the policy on the East Midlands Academy Trust’s website when considering applying for a job, said it was from the “Dark Ages”.
The Trust said the section, which said it “will not permit the promotion of homosexuality or bisexuality,” was old.
It was removed from its website after it was queried by the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
The trust’s relationships and sex education policy, found in section 11 and headed “homosexuality”, said that trust recognised the “need to provide education related to the spread of HIV/AIDS which will, of necessity, include reference to homosexuals and bisexuals”.
At 11.2 it added that “the trust will not permit the promotion of homosexuality or bisexuality.”
The teacher, who did not want to be named, said it was a throwback to Section 28 legislation, which banned schools in the late 1980s through to the early 2000s from “promoting” homosexuality.
It was widely condemned and repealed in 2003. In 2009, then Prime Minister David Cameron apologised for the policy.
To use similar language now was “at worst deliberate, and at best deeply ignorant”, said the teacher, who described it as like something from the “Dark Ages”.
“It is explicitly homophobic and it is difficult to read it any other way. I was considering applying for a job until I saw the policy which made it clear that this was not a school for me. I just feel like Section 28 is not dead. It is alive and well in Northamptonshire.”
The Trust, which runs Prince William School in Oundle and the Northampton International Academy, said the policy was “old” and had been developed under guidance from 2000.
It said its sex education in schools was “fully inclusive” and a spokesman added: “Ahead of the forthcoming change in guidance, a new policy is due to be presented to our board at its next meeting in April.”
A Department for Education spokesman said all secondary schools must have regard to the new Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education statutory guidance from September.