The everyday term has been replaced with “grown-ups” in a bid to avoid discriminating against so-called “non-traditional” families. According to parents from the four primary schools affected by the change in terminology, children have now been left confused over the move.
St Luke’s Primary School in Brighton states on its website: “We have an Equalities Language Code for staff, for example, to value all families we never refer to mums and dads and instead talk about grown-ups.”
Elm Grove Primary School maintains in its Equalities Statement: “We try to talk about our grown-ups rather than our mums and dads to acknowledge the different family groupings our pupils live in.”
The same guidance has been implemented into Carlton Hill Primary School.
In a statement, it echoed the worlds of Elm Grove.
One parent vented their frustration at the move.
They said: “It’s very confusing for us adults, never mind the kids.
“They just don’t understand why the teachers can’t call their mums or dads, mum or dad?”
Speaking to the Mail, the parent added: “I know the schools are trying to take into account the different kinds of families pupils may come from, but the majority have a mum or dad, regardless of if they are together or not.
“So why can’t staff just keep it simple for the kids and call their parents what they are; mum or dad?”
Another said: “In trying to be more inclusive, the schools are forgetting about mum and dad, the most important people in a kid’s life.
“This is just madness, where will it stop?”
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The move by the school has now created a dilemma with the Brighton and Hove Council.
The local authority has insisted it had no say in the changes and claimed schools were free to choose their own route.
It said in a statement: “Our advice to schools is, of course, fine to use words such as mum, dad or grandma if staff know a child’s family circumstances.
“But we have a very diverse school population and we want all members of the school community to feel included.
“In cases where a child’s family is unknown, the term grown-up or grown-ups can include, for example, grandparents, foster carers, families with same-sex parents and single-parent families.
“Schools make their own decisions about their equality policies.”
The phenomenon has spread across the country.
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One primary school in Birmingham has issued children with the ability to police their classrooms and playgrounds with a system similar to football yellow and red cards.
Should a teacher misspeak, pupils have been armed with brightly coloured posters to hold up in class, highlighting the particular speech crime committed.
In this way, they shame the teacher and compel an apology, as well as alerting fellow pupils to the incident, and win praise for their knowledge and efforts.