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Guidance for schools and colleges: Gender Questioning Children

The Department for Education has (19 December) published draft non-statutory guidance for schools and colleges on how best to support students under the age of 18 questioning their gender in education settings. 12 Week Consultation – no immediate action required.


The focus of this is to provide practical advice for schools and colleges to help them make decisions regarding children who are questioning their gender, in a way that prioritises safeguarding, and parents’ central role in their children’s lives.


This is draft guidance for consultation and so [the DfE] would like to encourage schools, colleges, parents and the sector to engage with the consultation process, which will run for 12 weeks. The guidance does not apply to independent training providers.