Parents who refuse to let their son wear a skirt to school may need to be referred to social services, a council’s guidance has advised schools.
Mothers and fathers who dismiss a “gender questioning” child’s requests to change their name could also be a trigger for concern, according to Brighton and Hove City Council’s “Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit”.
It comes after warnings that schools are “sowing confusion” in children’s minds by over-promoting transgender issues, and that children are being encouraged to “unlearn” the difference between boys and girls.
The guidance advises teachers on how to handle a number of different scenarios, including if parents say: “I refuse to allow my son to change his name or wear skirts”.
Schools are advised that some parents may “struggle” to accept their child’s gender identity and it may be a long time before they accept the change.
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A video published by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) showing 6-year-old school children being instructed to write gay love letters has been causing a stir on social media.
The video, originally uploaded to BBC Radio Manchester’s Facebook page, shows young children at Bewsey Lodge Primary School being instructed to write love letters from “Prince Henry” to his manservant, “Thomas”, with the teacher instructing her pupils: “You’re going to tell Thomas why it’s a brilliant idea for him to marry you.”
“This school teaches children about LGBT relationships from an early age,” enthuses the BBC’s subtitled commentary.
“This class of six-year-olds is learning about gay marriage. In this fairytale, the Prince wants to marry his [male] servant. And the children are writing a love letter.”
The teacher, named as Sarah Hopson, tells the BBC that the children “are going to go out into that world and find this diversity around them, and they’ll find that at a young age as well”.
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A scheme offering schools £30,000 to hire and promote gay and transgender teachers has been slammed by critics as being ‘profoundly misguided’.
The Leadership Equality and Diversity Fund, backed by the Department for Education, will provide training to existing staff, or recruit new staff, in an effort to promote diversity within schools.
Applications are encouraged on the basis of ‘protected characteristics’, as outlined in the Equality Act 2010, which include age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief and sex.
The category also includes sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.
Schools with low numbers of staff who are gay, mature or returning to work after having children, are thought to benefit from the grant, which can provide additional training for promotion.
The £900,000 fund accepted applications for the first time this year, following a pilot scheme in 2014/2015.
However, critics say the scheme promotes teachers on the basis of diversity, rather than skill.
The fund, run by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, was also set up to specifically promote black and minority ethnic teachers and women, but the grant has also been used to recruit more male teachers.