The Sunday Times is reporting that some of the country’s top single-sex private schools have been told not to use the word “girls” in case it upsets and discriminates against pupils who question their gender identity.
The newspaper said that the Girls Schools’ Association had been given advice by Gendered Intelligence, which is helping head teachers conform with new equalities legislation on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues brought in by the education secretary, Nicky Morgan.
The advice on stamping out discriminatory language also applies to single-sex schools for boys. It includes dropping phrases such as “young ladies” and “young women”, and instead using gender-neutral words such as “pupils”, “people” or “students”
The article quotes Caroline Jordan, president of the GSA and headmistress of Headington School:
“I feel that every year there are more and more young people posing questions around their gender identity. I do not want anyone to think that girls’ or boys’ schools are invested in one way of being a girl or one way of being a boy. My view is that where you can use gender-neutral language about people that is a good thing.”
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