MPs raise concerns over quality of transgender support in schools

A transgender child who returned to school after transitioning during the holidays was refused entry to the building and told their new name and gender choice would not be respected.

The incident has been cited as an example of schools that are falling drastically short in the support they provide for transgender children.

However, at the same time, other schools are doing “fantastic” and ”outstanding” work in this area, MPs have reported.

The “uneven” situation has been outlined in Transgender Equality, a wide-ranging report published by the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Select Committee.

The report makes a series of recommendations across all areas of government, including education – emphasising the duties of schools under the Equality Act.

Above all, the MPs have called for better school support for gender-variant young people and their families (the term “gender variance” is used often in respect of children or adolescents to refer to behaviour and interests that are outside what is considered “normal” for a person’s assigned (biological) sex).

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