Supporting Transgender Pupils
Gender is often an important part of an individual's identity and developing a positive sense of gender identity is part of growing up. However, gender identity is often complex and there is a spectrum of gender which is wider than just boy/ man or girl/ woman. Trans is an inclusive term for people who identify themselves as transgender or transsexual. The word trans can be used without offence (as an adjective) to describe people who:
- Are undergoing gender reassignment;
- Identify as someone with a different gender from that in which they were born, but who may have decided not to undergo medical treatment;
- Choose to dress in the clothing typically worn by the other sex.
According to Home Office research, trans people may comprise 1% of the population: possibly one teacher and several children in each school. They do not by necessity share anything in common with each other beyond the experience of gender incongruence, where their gender identity, or inner feeling of self as a woman or a man, does not coincide with their biological sex or the gender norms attributed to their sex. Transsexualism is not the same as, and should not be confused with, ‘cross dressing’, transvestism, or sexual orientation. Transsexualism is not a life style choice, nor a facet of sexual orientation, nor a disease. Schools are committed to being fair and inclusive and will not discriminate against any member of the school community who is undergoing, or who has undergone, gender reassignment.
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