Scotland will let pupils change gender aged FOUR without their parents’ consent – and tells teachers not to question a child’s request to choose a new name or use a different toilet
- The Scottish government says school children aged four can change gender
- Young pupils wishing to switch gender must be supported and listened to
- The newly implemented guidance has been described as ‘shocking’
- Schools have been told to have transgender books on their curriculum
Children as young as four will be able to change their gender at school without their parents’ consent under guidance introduced in Scotland.
Any pupil who decides they want to switch gender must be supported and listened to in school following the Scottish Government advice.
The guidance applies in primary schools, where the youngest children are only four or five, because ‘recognition and development of gender identity can occur at a young age’.
It also tells teachers not to question a child who says they want to transition to live as a boy or a girl – and instead ask for their new name and pronouns.
Scottish education secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said: ‘This guidance outlines how schools can support transgender young people while ensuring that the rights of all pupils are fully respected’
Schools have been told they do not have to inform parents if a pupil informs them they wish to change gender
Primary and secondary schools have also been told to put books featuring transgender people on the curriculum, allow pupils to choose which changing room or toilets to use, and consider introducing a gender neutral uniform.
But the guidance was branded ‘shocking’ and led to concerns that children are being allowed to make life-changing decisions at too young an age.
The advice says: ‘Some young people are exploring their gender identity in primary school settings. Primary schools need to be able to meet the needs of these young people to ensure they have a safe, inclusive and respectful environment in which to learn.’
A section on ‘changing name and recorded sex’ says children simply need to tell others informally that they want to use a different name, and that they don’t need to record this formally on their official school record. Advice to school staff on what to do if a child wants to discuss their gender includes asking ‘what name and pronoun you should use to address them’.
It also says that they should ask if their family are aware they are considering their gender identity – but does not suggest the teacher should contact them.
The guidance document also states that no Scottish law compels people to use the toilets that correspond to the gender they were assigned at birth.
Marion Calder, director of the For Women Scotland campaign group, said: ‘To be transgender you have to have a diagnosis of gender dysphoria. What are they thinking? Parents will be very concerned to be reading this document.’
Scottish education secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said: ‘This guidance outlines how schools can support transgender young people while ensuring that the rights of all pupils are fully respected.
‘It provides schools with practical suggestions. The guidance is not prescriptive and does not promote transitioning.’
Nearly 1,600 children have type 2 diabetes
Nearly 1,600 children have type 2 diabetes as a result of England’s obesity epidemic.
NHS figures show that 122,780 people under the age of 40 have the condition. Of these, 1,570 are children aged 18 or under, including 105 under the age of 12 and 545 aged 12 to 15.
Type 2 diabetes was traditionally seen only in the over-40s. But soaring obesity levels mean cases in children are on the rise.
The Young People With Type 2 Diabetes report, published yesterday by NHS Digital, found that under-40s now comprise about 4 per cent of all those with type 2 diabetes. It is more common in young women, Asian people, and those from poorer backgrounds.
The figures show that around nine in ten under-18s with the condition are classified as obese or overweight.
The report said: ‘Obesity is the dominant category of people with type 2 diabetes at all ages up to 60 years but especially so in younger people.’
It can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks and strokes and is more aggressive in younger adults. Charities said the figures were a ‘worrying wake-up call’.
Scotland is to let pupils aged FOUR change gender without their parents’ consent