Cambridge News is reporting that a Cambridgeshire primary school is to educate its pupils on a member of staff’s transition to a woman, despite concerns from some parents.
Last Friday a letter was sent to all parents and guardians at the school, informing them a male-presenting ‘midday supervisor’ was intending to undergo gender realignment, in order to live as a woman.
In it, the headteacher wrote that the staff member, who has worked at the school since 2013, “has been attending a gender realignment clinic where he has been receiving advice and help in managing his current situation”.
He adds: “We have begun to prepare children in a very general sense by taking opportunities in class and assemblies to talk about equality, diversity and different life choices. This is in line with our statutory duties under the Equalities Act 2010 and also in line with the inclusive values and ethos of our school.”
The News has taken the decision not to identify the individual or the school.
However a couple, who have two children at the primary, contacted the News to express their disapproval at the school’s approach.
One said: “What we object to is our little one – who can’t even spell left and right yet – hasn’t been taught anything about sex education, but we have been told they are going to be teaching about transgender issues.
“Talking to a child of that age, without asking our opinion first, is absolutely disgusting.”
…However the headteacher told the News the staff member, who worked as a parent volunteer before becoming a lunchtime supervisor, had the full support of the school.
He said: “I don’t think there is anything to consult on…”
From the full article it sounds like many other parents are supportive of the school’s approach but what do you think – do the parents who are objecting have a valid argument about being consulted?
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