Need-to-know: DfE launches consultation on draft guidance for schools on 'gender questioning children'

The draft guidance includes information on responding to pupil requests that relate to their gender, and engaging with parents. Find out how and when you can respond to the consultation.

Last reviewed on 19 December 2023
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The DfE is consulting on draft guidance for schools about ‘gender questioning children’.

First, read the proposed guidance on the DfE’s website (select ‘Guidance document’ for the draft guidance). Remember that this is a draft piece of guidance, so don't implement it or make any changes to your policies or procedures. 

Then, use our guidance and resources to help you respond to the consultation.

What does the draft guidance say?

The DfE guidance will be non-statutory, which means it's a recommendation of best practice in schools, rather than a legal requirement.

Responding to pupil requests that relate to their gender, such as asking to change their name or pronouns Engaging with parents, including making parents aware if their child asks to take steps to socially transition Handling pupils’ information, including their name and sex on the school admissions register How to manage single-sex spaces, including toilets Participation in PE and sports School uniform The

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