LONDON—The gender debate in the UK has once again been thrust into the spotlight, with The Telegraph reporting on new guidance set to be issued by the government. The Pavlovic Today had already touched on this issue, but new details have now emerged. Single-sex schools will be permitted to refuse transgender pupils, without fear of legal action.
The Education Secretary, Gillian Keegan, and the Equalities Minister, Kemi Badenoch, are collaborating on a new guidance regarding transgender pupils. This guideline is set to apply to all state and independent schools in England, aiming to provide clarity on how schools should respond to children with gender dysphoria.
The guidelines will give headteachers of girls’ schools the right to reject legally male pupils who identify as female, and vice versa for boys’ schools. Furthermore, school leaders will be within their rights to refuse to use different pronouns, as demanded by pupils.
A source from the Department for Education has confirmed that single-sex schools will not be obligated to accommodate pupils of the other legal sex, regardless of whether the child is questioning their gender. Schools will be able to take comfort in the fact that they will not be breaching the Equality Act 2010 by doing so.
It is important to note that while this new guidance will be in place, there is no suggestion that a child who is questioning their gender identity will be forced to leave a single-sex school.
LONDON—The Department of Education is currently working on non-statutory guidance regarding transgender students, which is expected to be released within a few weeks. A recent report by Policy Exchange suggests that gender ideology is having an increasing influence on schools, leading to a compromise of fundamental safeguarding principles in their treatment of children with gender…Keep reading