Mixed-sex toilets are not legal in Scottish schools. The law that applies is the School Premises (General Requirements and Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 1967, which states that half the accommodation shall be for boys, and the other half for girls. There is no provision for unisex, mixed-sex or gender-neutral facilities.Continue reading
We sent the following email to John Swinney, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, on 3rd June, regarding the transgender guidance for Scottish schools.Continue reading
In August, The Scotsman reported on the new RSHP guidance (https://rshp.scot) which is set to be rolled out in schools.
Of concern was the section on gender in the level one guidance aimed at Primary One aged children. Despite a seeming ignorance about how sex is observed either before or after birth and by whom, this started off promisingly, telling children that they are not limited by their sex and that they can participate in any activities or wear any clothing. However, the guidance became muddled when it started to talk about gender, saying that “your gender is what you decide” and that sometimes when people grow up “they decide to change their gender so that they are happier with who they are, this is called being transgender”:
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Whenever I go away for some training, or to meet other teachers, in corners and when chatting over cups of tea, we are all asking each other…do you have any yet? What is your Council policy? Is this right?
Well, I found out the policy of my local authority very recently when a pupil declared themselves to be trans to a colleague of mine.
I will say ‘they’, not because of any non-binary status – this pupil very definitely wants to embrace one side of the binary – but because I want to protect this pupil and my own job in one of Scotland’s largest councils.
So, what happened next?