Kids to be Restricted from Identifying as Opposite Gender in Schools, New Rules to Say


Toughened Trans Guidance for Schools

Kids will only be allowed to identify as the opposite gender in exceptional cases, according to new rules. The long-awaited trans guidance for schools has been strengthened to make it clear that only in rare instances should pupils be allowed to "socially transition." This means there will be a presumption against allowing children to change their pronouns, names, and uniforms in class.

Parents' Consent Required

Even if parents agree, teachers must exercise caution when allowing their kids to behave as another gender. Changing rooms and toilets will still be based on biological sex rather than someone's identified gender.

Tough Guidance Agreement

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan and Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch have agreed on the "tough" guidance, which is set to be released before Christmas. There were disagreements between the two, with Ms Badenoch advocating for a stricter approach. This led to a delay last summer when non-statutory guidance was initially promised by Rishi Sunak.

Parental Involvement

The new guidance will also emphasize the importance of involving parents in decisions regarding their children's gender identity. A government source stated that it is wrong for such decisions to be made without parental input.

Clear and Safeguarded Guidance

The government spokesperson acknowledged the complexity of the issue and highlighted the need for clear guidance. They emphasized the importance of having safeguards in place due to the potential consequences of social transitioning for a child. The guidance will reflect the government's consistent stance on the importance of biological sex.

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