Andrew Moffat is the 46-year-old assistant headteacher of Parkfield Community School, which has a high population of Muslims.
In 2014, he developed his own syllabus – Challenging Homophobia in Schools (CHIPS) – which focused on promoting homosexual relationships and tackling homophobia.
As early as 2015, opposition to CHIPS was used to demonise the Muslim community by bolstering the then renewed, Islamophobic Trojan Horse claims made by the head of Birmingham school, Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson. These claims, as I repeatedly exposed during that period, were found to be baseless if not a complete fabrication.
Returning to Moffat, he resigned from his previous school after exposing children to CHIPS without knowledge or consent of parents. Moffat changed his tack and used indirect means to promote his views through the discourse of British values and the Equality Act, giving emergence to a set of teaching resources and approaches called “No Outsiders”. According to Schools Week, Moffat saw Muslims as a challenge to be overcome for the distribution of his syllabus and his civilising mission.
What followed seems like efforts to subject mainly Muslim children to social engineering experiments.
With a personally-written piece in the Independent, and glowing puff pieces in the slightly left-of-the-right Guardian praising Moffat’s civilising mission, the No Outsiders project up until recently was touted as a success story. In 2017, he was awarded an MBE for services to equality and diversity in education, and a year later short-listed for the annual Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.
This perception of success and successful placating of Muslim parents was shattered when a group of Muslim mothers earlier this year protested and petitioned against the No Outsiders programme. One of the mothers was reported to have removed her child from the school. Another asserted that her four-year-old child came home asking her whether it was acceptable for her to be a boy. Their concern was that the programme was “putting ideas into their heads”.
The school played down the level of dissent claiming that it was a “small group of parents”. Hundreds have been engaged in community events and protested outside the school to oppose Moffat’s project.
Alum Rock councillor Mohammed Idrees supported the mothers before rapidly being forced into an apology after being reported to the Birmingham City Council’s Standard Committee by gay councillor Gareth Moore.