Activist Teachers Vow to Keep Abusing Kids

Long-awaited guidelines for schools dealing with mentally disturbed 'trans' pupils have at last been published by the Tory government. The mealy-mouthed, half-hearted defence of normality does not, of course, go anywhere near far enough, but LGBTQ 'activist' teachers are vowing to defy the guidelines anyway.

Ministers are already facing calls to make new trans guidance law today after schools immediately vowed to ignore pleas to inform parents when children want to switch gender.

The long-awaited advice from the Department for Education does at least call for a 'presumption against' allowing children to change gender at school.

A new 'parents first' approach to address rising concerns about radical gender ideology calls for them to be told at the first opportunity if children ask to change their pronouns at school. It makes clear that there needs to be exceptional circumstances for this not to happen.

In almost all scenarios, teachers must not be compelled to use pronouns against their will - after some were sacked for holding out. 

And the guidance, which will be subject to a 12-week consultation, insists they can still refer to children collectively as 'girls' or 'boys'. 

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said the guidance 'removes any confusion about the protections that must be in place for biological sex and single-sex spaces'. 

'Parents' views must also be at the heart of all decisions made about their children – and nowhere is that more important than with decisions that can have significant effects on a child's life for years to come,' she added. 

However, some schools are already saying they will shun the guidelines - which are only advisory rather than having legal force.

Kevin Sexton, executive headteacher of Chesterfield High School in Liverpool told Sky News: 'I'm not going to change what has worked for our school for the last 10 years.' 

The guidance has been delayed by government infighting for months and stops short of the total ban on social transitioning at school favoured by the vast majority of parents.

The document states that teachers do not 'automatically' need to alert parents when children are merely 'questioning their gender' rather than asking to socially transition. 

'If there is no change being requested, teachers can listen respectfully about a child's feelings without automatically alerting parents, but, for safeguarding reasons, cannot promise confidentiality,' the advice states. 

Primary school age children should always be referred to by their biological pronouns, and there will only be 'very rare occasions' when older children can change them.

In these instances, parents should be consulted and schools should only go ahead if they are 'confident that the benefit to the individual child outweighs the impact on the school community'. 

The guidance makes clear that teachers and pupils should not be pressured to adopt a child's chosen pronouns and should not be punished if they get them wrong.

What is in the new guidance? 

  • Underlines the 'fundamental principle that parents should be involved in decisions about their children's lives'. 
  • Clarifies that schools and colleges do not have to, and should not, accept all requests for social transition.
  • Social transition 'should be extremely rare' with appropriate safeguards in place and the child's best interests taken into account. 
  • Schools and colleges 'should not compel teachers or pupils to use new pronouns', although there is a caveat where it is 'necessary to safeguard and all other options have been exhausted, such as addressing the child by their first name'. 
  • Safety must never be compromised by allowing a child of the opposite sex to use single-sex spaces such as toilets. 
  • A 'gender questioning child' should be held to the same uniform standard as other children of their sex. Schools may agree changes to the standard school uniform, but not for swimwear. 
  • Schools should make sure competitive sport is fair. This will 'almost always' mean separate sports for boys and girls - especially in older age groups.