Being transgender is not new. But for many schools and their staff, awareness of trans issues might well be. While greater awareness of trans issues is positive, it is important that trans pupils have access to the right support and guidance.
It is important to remember that there is no one way to be trans, and a pupil’s decision to self-identify should be respected. If a pupil does choose to come out as trans, school staff should thank them for the trust they have shown and ask what support they can give. Staff should not agree to anything they are unsure of and, unless otherwise stated by the pupil, treat the matter with confidentiality. Arrange times to meet again and talk through issues and, above all, listen.
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