Guidance for Schools and Colleges: Gender Questioning Children

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Closes 12 Mar 2024

Rationale and guiding principles

The aim of this guidance is to support schools and colleges when making decisions in the interest of the child, taking into account the interests of the wider school and college community. Within that context, we have carefully considered where a school or college may require guidance and direction on the issues arising in relation to children who are questioning their gender.

This guidance provides practical advice, which we expect schools and colleges to follow in response to requests for changes from children who are questioning their gender. It aims to support them to make lawful decisions based on individual circumstances. It will also help parents understand what schools and colleges can and can’t accommodate.

This guidance focuses on how gender questioning children are treated whilst they are at school or college, it does not cover what children are taught about the topic of gender reassignment. The Department will include further guidance on this teaching as part of its updated statutory guidance on relationships, sex and health education (RSHE). A draft of the revised RSHE statutory guidance will be subject to a separate consultation, which we will publish at the earliest opportunity.  

We are particularly seeking views through this consultation to test whether the scope of the guidance is right, and whether it covers all the necessary considerations for schools and colleges. We are also seeking views on whether the guidance provides enough practical support for schools and colleges.

Please read the draft guidance before completing the questions below

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Consultation Response - Guidance for schools and colleges: gender questioning children.

Department for Education

Life Skills Division

Sanctuary Buildings Great Smith Street

London SW1P 3BT


The consultation closes on 12th March 2024.