The confidential Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) draft guidance, leaked to The Telegraph, reveals that schools could be set to consider admissions of trans students to single-sex schools on a “case-by-case approach”.
Schools were supposed to be issued with the first official national guidelines on transgender children in March 2018. The change to guidelines were set to tackle issues such as what pronouns teachers should use for trans pupils, as well as guidance on changing rooms, uniforms and bullying.
However, following repeated delays, it has never been published.
The EHRC, which acts as the nation’s human rights watchdog, said that the leaked guidance was only a draft and that finalised guidance to help schools understand their obligations under the Equalities Act 2010 would be shared with schools across England, Scotland and Wales “in due course”.
Kiri Tunks, co-founder of Woman’s Place UK, a women’s campaign group, said: “This guidance shows what a mess we create when we conflate sex and gender. The EHRC seems very confused about the difference and this advice will just muddy the waters further.”
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