Schools – how can you support transgender pupils?

With a growing number of children who change their gender during their school life (800% in the last 5 years according to BBC News), increasing pressure is being put on schools in order to provide support to these children.

Schools are now expected to be inclusive environments who celebrate diversity, welcoming all children and treating them equally. However, with young transgender people being increasingly accepted and supported in our modern society, schools have struggled to keep up with these fast-paced changes, ensuring they are providing the right support to these children.

How can schools help these children? It is very reasonable to assume that schools and teachers will have little experience in supporting a transgender student and would probably find the task quiet daunting.

There are a great deal of issues for schools to tackle in this area, starting with how they can help children who want to come out. There will also of course be issues with bullying to deal with, as well as decisions to be made surrounding the use of gender neutral language. On top of this, there are other areas schools must consider, such as allowing transgender pupils to choose which toilets and changing rooms they use, the possible installation of gender neutral changing rooms, school uniform choices, PE classes and so on.

Part of our Access Audit for your school covers all of the issues above. EA Audits will advise your school on gender reassignment and how to best support these children. We are extremely knowledgeable in this area, and can advise on ‘reasonable adjustments’ you can make to your school in order to include these pupils who are so often left out.

Please get in touch with us for more information on how we can help your school.