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School apologises to Christian teaching assistant disciplined for expressing beliefs

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Issued by the Christian Legal Centre

 

News Release
Christian Legal Centre
29 November 2016
 
School apologises to Christian teaching assistant disciplined for expressing beliefs

The Christian Legal Centre is pleased that resolution has been achieved in the case of Victoria Allen, the 51-year-old teaching assistant who was disciplined by the school at which she works after she expressed her Christian beliefs about same-sex relationships, in response to questions asked by a pupil.

Details of the settlement are as follows.
 

Mrs Victoria Allen (Claimant) and The Governing Body of Brannel School (Respondent): Settlement

Victoria Allen and the Governing Body of Brannel School are pleased to announce that the employment dispute between Victoria Allen and Brannel School is now concluded.

The parties accept that some people have deeply held views about the nature of marriage, and that every individual has the freedom to express these in accordance with the law. The School also respects that Victoria Allen’s view that marriage should be between a man and a woman is sincerely held and shared by many others.

Andy Edmonds, the Head teacher, has recognised Victoria Allen’s right to share her Christian beliefs with students and has apologised for any upset that Victoria Allen may have felt during the disciplinary process.

Victoria Allen has accepted that it is reasonable for the school to request that staff share balanced views with students when asked questions of their personal beliefs and opinion under the requirements of equalities legislation including the Equality Act 2010 and the Education Act 1996.

The parties uphold the rights and freedoms of other members of society based on the principles of a democratic society.

Both parties reaffirm their commitment to the long-standing British values of freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of association with mutual respect for the dignity and rights and freedoms of others, including the right of Victoria Allen to express her views.

Both parties are happy to work with each other going forward to secure a continuing healthy working environment in the School.

 

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