School transgender support guidelines published

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10/16/2019

The first detailed guidelines for schools in Northern Ireland on how to support transgender pupils have been published. The guidance is from the Education Authority (EA). It covers things like uniforms, naming, use of toilets and changing rooms, access to sports and admissions to single-sex schools. The guidance is non-statutory but the EA says it reflects best practice in supporting transgender pupils. It applies to pre-schools, primary schools, post primary and special schools as well as other educational and youth service settings. The EA drew up the guidance after consultation with a number of different organisations. According to a definition in the guidance, transgender people “have a gender identity which differs from that of their (assigned) birth sex”. A trans boy, for instance, is “a birth-assigned female whose gender identity is male”.

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