What does a secondary school need to consider in any policy regarding trans gender pupils?
My list so far: - uniform - changing for PE - PE classes if currently done single sex - sports teams - accommodation for school trips - toilets, incl sanitary disposal for F->M - are trans pupils able to be head boy/girl
N.B. I really don't want to get in to debating rights and wrongs or what policy should be, just more what issues should the head / governors have to consider.
Something about not using sex as an easy way to group kids - as in boys debate X and girls debate Y. Use blue eyed kids debate X and everyone else Y instead.
Something around staff being careful of the language they use - not resorting to stereotypes: 'Boys you'll like this experiment we make something explode!', 'Girls you'll like this experiment it turns the compound a pretty shade of purple'. They should be anyway but they won't be consistently and it's a good opportunity to reinforce that language can be damaging.
What about drama/school plays with male/female roles? Also more if a dc has adopted a different name which name do their peers/teachers call them? Communications with parents e.g. letters/emails should they refer to son/daughter or be gender neutral?
Thank you that's a great list. It kind of falls into 2 areas, practical, and then the other 'softer' issues. Always balancing how to treat the trans kids sensitively without trampling over the rights and needs of the rest of the student population.
Whether if they have PHSE lessons on gender identity stuff, whether you will be warned so you can take your kids out of school? I want to be warned as I don't want my kids exposed to this unscientific propaganda