Best Practice

Supporting trans students in your classroom

I have a trans student in my class – what do I do? Expert Adele Bates advises

This article addresses misconceptions and barriers that our trans students often face at school, key terms and how your classroom can be a safe space in which our trans students can learn and thrive.

You have heard that increasing amounts of students are identifying as trans, one seems to have seeped into your class and now you’re being told to use pronouns that feel strange to your grammarian tongue.

This didn’t exist when you were at school: what’s going on? What should you be doing as the teacher? What are you supposed to call them? Does it make a difference to how you teach them? How can you best support trans students in your school and why is it so important for best practice?

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