We have developed comprehensive guidance for schools, in consultation with teachers, child protection and welfare professionals and lawyers. Our aim is to arm schools with all the relevant facts so that teachers feel more informed and confident in creating a safe school for all pupils, including non-conforming children and those who identify as ‘transgender.’

Our resources are based on the ‘watchful waiting’ approach towards children and young people with gender dysphoria. This is the established clinical approach, which may include counselling, family therapy etc for children who are severely distressed. Activists promote an ‘affirmation’ and social transition approach which is experimental. It means that if a boy says he is a girl everyone must affirm him as a girl. This approach covers up any underlying problems that have led to a child’s identification as transgender and is therefore in our view a risky approach.

The Keira Bell Judicial Review High Court Judgment

Our resources are fully compatible with the judgment handed down by the High Court in the case of Keira Bell and Mrs A v the Tavistock NHS Foundation Trust, which found that children under the age of 13 were ‘highly unlikely’ to be able to give informed consent to treatment with puberty blockers, and for those under 16 it was ‘very doubtful’. Even for 16 and 17 year-olds, clinicians must seek court authorisation if they have any doubts whether blockers or hormones are in the child’s best interests.

The full court judgment can be read here. Transgender Trend was granted permission by the court to intervene on the basis that our evidence was relevant to the case. Stonewall and Mermaids were refused permission to intervene, on the basis that their evidence was not. This article explains the implications of the judgment for schools. In this blog post we explain why we believe ‘gender identity’ teaching puts children at risk and has no place in schools.   

All our resources are also fully compatible with this new Department for Education guidance on teaching the RSE and PSHE curriculum: (link here)

schools resources

Inclusive Relationships and Sex Education in Schools (RSE): Statutory Guidance and External Providers

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This guide analyses publicly-available RSE guidance from external providers and compares it with statutory requirements for the new RSE curriculum. We found that this guidance misrepresents Equality law, is in breach of the requirement to teach biological facts, undermines the principles of privacy, boundaries and consent, and promotes unsafe sexual practices.

Schools Guide 

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For this work, Stephanie Davies-Arai was nominated and shortlisted for the John Maddox Prize 2018, a joint initiative of the charity Sense About Science and the science journal Nature, which “recognises the work of individuals who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so.”

Our guide was also judged to be the most consistent with EHRC Technical Guidance for Schools and the only guide based on safeguarding, in a TES review of all available transgender school guides by transgender teacher Debbie Hayton.

Safeguarding

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Our analysis of currently available transgender guidance in relation to Department for Education statutory safeguarding guidelines such as ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Children’s Rights Impact Assessment

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Using the UK government Child’s Rights Impact Assessment template, this is a comprehensive impact assessment of the Brighton & Hove Allsorts Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit, which is used by local authorities across the UK.

Children’s Picture Book: My Body is Me!

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Download teacher’s notes and lesson plan here

 

An upbeat, rhyming picture book, aimed for 3-6 year olds, written by Rachel Rooney and illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg in consultation with Transgender Trend. It introduces children to the workings of the human body, and celebrates similarities and differences while challenging sex stereotypes. It also aims to promote a positive self-image and foster self-care skills. The text is inclusive for children with physical or sensory disabilities. 

Transmission of Transition

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16 pages including comprehensive video references.

There has been an exponential rise in the referrals of gender-confused young women to gender clinics in the UK. Could YouTube transition videos be playing a causative role?

How much influence may YouTube transition vloggers have over children and young people?
Do transition vloggers shape young people’s views of their gender identity by providing a particular ideological lens through which to interpret their life and difficulties?

By looking into the world of YouTube transition vlogs and bringing together observations on the language, filters, signs and suggestions embedded in them, this article examines their intentions towards, and possible impact on, the minds of young female viewers.

This is an edited and updated version of an article which first appeared as a chapter in the book ‘Inventing Transgender Children and Young People’, edited by Michele Moore and Heather Brunskell-Evans and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing; Unabridged edition (1 Nov. 2019). The book is available to buy here: www.cambridgescholars.com

Stonewall-Schools Guidance A Critical Review

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Stonewall turns its attention to children with SEND and autism – our full report on Stonewall schools guidance since 2015.
In March, Stonewall published a new schools guide ‘An Introduction to Supporting LGBT young people’, replacing the guide of the same name published in 2015 which is no longer available from the website. The new guide goes further than any previous Stonewall schools guidance in several significant ways, the most serious and potentially harmful aspect of which is the whole section dedicated to children with SEND, including autism.

We have reviewed all ten Stonewall schools guides from 2015 to the present.

 

Simple guide to Equality law and government statutory and non-statutory guidance for schools

The most common questions from parents answered, with relevant sections from the Equality Act 2010 and statutory schools guidance to back you up. This guide provides you with understanding of your rights and the rights of your child in school. 

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Free downloads for parents and teachers

Schools Advice for Parents

Tips on how to go about challenging your child’s school, using the new Department for Education RSE guidance to support your concerns.

A Letter from Transgender Trend to your Stonewall Champion School

Please use our letter if it is helpful in support of your own concerns about the influence of Stonewall in your child’s school.

Template letter to your child’s school

A letter to the Head teacher to check the school’s position regarding the teaching of gender identity. May be useful if you are giving the school our schools pack to look at.

A teacher’s assessment of a Mermaids training session

The contributor of these notes is a language teacher and department chair in a secondary school. She has over 20 years of teaching experience in both the UK and international school systems.

Impact of teaching ‘gender identity’ to children

Impact of the loss of single sex spaces on girls

Impact on adolescent girls

Early childhood and adolescence are crucial periods of identity development. These documents assess the influence of gender identity teaching at these distinct developmental stages:

Child Development

Adolescence

 

Lesson Plan Ideas

Our alternative Science Museum exhibit (which we devised after the Science Museum was criticised for its exhibit which promoted the idea of pink and blue brains as well as “gender identity” orthodoxy) may help with ideas for lesson plans: http://www.transgendertrend.com/an-alternative-science-museum-exhibit-boy-or-girl/

Talks

Gender Identity Teaching in Schools

Thinking Differently

The talk below was given as part of the Thinking Differently conference at the Conway Hall, London in July 2016.