Gender survey sent out to schools was a “draft” not signed off by Children’s Commissioner

The Argus is reporting that a government blunder led to a survey being sent to Brighton and Hove schools which asked children to define their gender from a list of more than 20 different terms.

The Government’s Children’s Commissioner said the questionnaire had not been signed off and was a working draft.

However, the department sent it to Brighton and Hove City Council in error and asked officers to distributed it to the city’s secondary schools.

It asked youngsters aged 13 and 18 to pick from 23 terms to which best described their sex.

The £2.9 million Government department issued the survey on their Facebook page with a message from Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE.

She said: “We want to know how gender matters to young people: what does gender mean to them; how does it affect their lives; what do they want to change?”.

The online link to the survey is now no longer active.

The survey caused controversy this week with parents described it as unnecessary and confusing to teenagers.

It was sent out to Blatchington Mill School students as homework.

It asked “how do you define your gender” and included 23 options and space for “other”.

As well as girl and boy, the list includes a catalogue of other labels – including non-binary, demi-boy and gender fluid…

A spokeswoman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “The survey was sent out at the request of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.

“Schools that have distributed the survey did so in good faith based on written instructions and there was no indication it was a draft.”…

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Hmmm – blunder or backtracking after a largely negative media reaction to the question being asked?

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  1. lennyvalentino

    SchoolsImprove Surveying kids on any issue, let alone something so sensitive, should be subject to ethical oversight.

  2. lennyvalentino

    SchoolsImprove It is not always made clear that completing questionnaires is entirely voluntary – school context can blur this.

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