The Norfolk Education Board has confirmed that a number of the county’s primary and secondary schools will be closed to pupils on Tuesday for an INCEST day – all members of staff will be in attendance for vital training about a number of inter-familial relationship issues.
Darren Brotherton is the chief executive of the NEB, and he spoke to Southend News Network earlier today.
He said: ‘In a number of rural areas throughout the county, we have noticed a sharp rise in the number of children who are growing up and becoming their own in-law – naturally these untraditional relationships in the home are leading to further training needs in a school environment.’
‘We have had a number of serious disclosures over the last academic year, including one girl who told a member of staff that her baby sister had been born with seven fingers on each foot. All of the relevant emotional support needs will be covered during this non-pupil day.’
‘The day’s training will also include a session about our upcoming ‘Beyond The Home’ initiative. This groundbreaking scheme is designed to educate children from a very young age that there are relationship possibilities out there that don’t involve sharing virtually identical DNA.’
‘We understand that it can be difficult sometimes growing up in a family home with the closest neighbours living 25 miles away.’
We asked Mr Brotherton if there are plans in place to improve education provision regarding inter-species breeding as well.
He said: ‘To a certain extent, this topic goes hand in hand with everything else that we have been discussing – ten schools will be trialling a course of study about the key issues.’
‘No Speak, No Love’ is a series of six lessons that can be adapted for all age groups, and it teaches children that a partner cannot be honest about having a sexually-transmitted infection if they are unable to communicate in basic English.’
‘We have been forced to take affirmative action after an unfortunate incident just outside of Hunstanton in 2014. A black Labrador is still receiving counselling over it.’