I work as a teacher and teacher assistant. Or I should say: I worked.
Earlier this year I got sacked from an Anglican high school for daring to express three mainstream Christian views during a talk on diversity and inclusion, of all things, organised for the teaching staff. I had been told it was a “safe space”.
- I believe that human life starts at conception and should be protected from that moment.
- I believe that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. However I acknowledge the state recognises other options.
- I am critical of some aspects of Islam.
The next day I was escorted by the headmaster out of the school building. He decided my views were a “safeguarding issue” and reported me to the local regulator of the education workforce (in plain English: in his opinion my Christian beliefs made me unsafe to work with children and young people). This led to a general ban on working in schools.