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Equality and Diversity - Key Stage 5

 Some top tips

Here are some top tips to make your school or college more trans inclusive:

  • Work with the LGBT young people in your school/college. Listen to them and be led by them as far as possible.
  • Celebrate difference through special events such as LGBT History Month in February. Make sure you highlight trans people and issues relating specifically to the trans community during this month.
  • Use Stonewall’s huge bank of resources. They are available free of charge on our website and can be downloaded.
  • Display posters such as those made for the Trans Day of Visibility to improve the visibility of trans people in your school.
  • Create an equality group to run your assemblies on LGBT History Month.
  • Review your school’s policies, do they cover transphobia and transphobic bullying as a specific issue and state that instances will not be tolerated? Your anti-bullying policy could give examples of transphobic language so staff and students better understand.
  • Make your policies explicit about following the Equality Act 2010 and include this in your home-school agreement so that parents are aware of how you support all pupils in your school.
  • Create a checklist for staff to follow should a student disclose to them that they are trans or questioning their gender. This could include such things as asking how the student would like to be referred to (name and pronoun) and whether the student feels they need any additional support.
  • Invite a trans speakers in to your school/college. Joining the Stonewall School Champion programme will give you access to trained LGBT speakers and you can request a trans speaker if you wish.
  • Review your curriculum and identify where trans people and their experiences could be included. Ideally this should go beyond PSHE and RSE curricula, as great opportunities to discuss and explore trans issues could come in English, art or drama.
  • Make information on trans issues easily available to students by creating a trans specific section on your LGBT notice board. Signpost to local and national trans youth services such as Mermaids and Gendered Intelligence.


Guidance, Resources and Articles

Updated Advice from DfE on Recording Pupils' Gender

In exceptional circumstances, a school may be unsure as to which gender should be recorded for a particular pupil. Where this occurs, gender is recorded according to the wishes of the pupil and / or parent.

(5.2.9 Pupil gender, page 61, School census guide 2016 to 2017, Version 1.5)

A couple of Education Champions have had queries from schools about recording information on pupils who have transitioned or are in the process of transitioning, and have contacted the DfE to see if the above applies in such situations. According to the DfE it does.

So the advice from the DfE is now to record children and young people’s chosen gender on all data management systems according to the above guidance.

Currently Capita requires legal confirmation when changes are made to a pupil’s legal name, so names have to be changed by deed poll (although SIMS and other school management information systems have a preferred name option which should be used in circumstances where a name has not been legally changed). Whilst they state that birth gender cannot be changed, SIMS does not request legal documentation to support this change.

Stonewall GHLL Training session - PowerPoint

Stonewall GHLL Training session - video

Stonewall Inclusive Curriculum Guide


Gendered Intelligence

Gendered Intelligence is made up of a host of highly skilled freelance workers who are facilitators, practitioners, youth owrkers, mentors, writers, researchers, trainers, educators, artists and designers, cultural commentators, social media-ites and all round talented folk. Click on the image for a vast array of resources.


Inside Out - Ciera Taylor (transgender teen)

Ciera was 14 when she told her parents she was born in the wrong body and wanted to live as a girl. Now aged 16 (Feb 2017) she tells us how her family and school-friends have coped with her momentous decision.


Hold an Equali-tea and raise vital funds for LGBT equality. Click here for full details where you can order your FREE Equali-tea pack which is available from Stonewall 

LGBT in Britain - Home and Communities

Stonewall's LGBT in Britain - Home and Communities research report highlights deep challenges for the LGBT community, with alarming levels of racism experienced by black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) LGBT people, and a significant proportion of trans people, bi people, LGBT disabled people and LGBT people of faith feeling excluded within the LGBT community. Click here to read the full report.


Tech Abuse: Gender and IoT (G-IoT) Resource List - July 2018

This resource list is intended as supplementary material to better inform and guide victims of technology-facilitated abuse as well as those working with them.

It lists organisations which produce guidelines and advice, and highlights known methods of abuse which perpetrators may exploit.

The resource list has been developed by a socio-technical research team at University College London. Click on the image to view the full list. (updated March 2019)


 Guidance for Church of England schools on challenging homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying - Updated Sep 2019 Click Here

Gay Glos

They support 14-18 year olds but they will support younger if they are mature enough.

They have youth groups, support groups for parents (run by a parent of a trans gender child), they go ito colleges and schools to deliver training re: equality and diversity, they also work with refugees and asylum seekers who are trans gender. They have a gender group for 13-18 year olds.

Gay Glos can support a child in school, if the child or young person isn’t getting the right support or understanding from school. (21/02/20)


Alphabets in Stonehouse ( part of the Diversity Trust)- they are a support group and have a website and Facebook page.   


Stonewall has recently launched several new resources for schools, colleges and settings.

An introduction to supporting LGBT children and young people. This resource is suitable for all schools, colleges and settings and offers support in creating an LGBT inclusive environment, working with parents and carers, and supporting individual LGBT children and young people in mainstream and specialist settings.

Next steps in LGBT inclusive education: celebrating difference and developing understanding is a brand new resource, aimed at schools, colleges and settings that have already started work on LGBT inclusion and who are looking to really embed the work. This resource includes an extensive policy section, guidance on creating an LGBT inclusive curriculum, support on working with parents and carers, as well as highlighting the importance of ensuring that a wide range of LGBT people are represented and celebrated in the school, college or setting.

We’ve also been working hard to ensure that we offer schools, colleges and settings the resources they need to support children and young people with SEND as part of their LGBT inclusive approach. As well as our ‘It’s OK’ symbol supported posters, we now also offer easy read information sheets. (03/04/2020)





Mermaids is passionate about supporting children, young people, and their families to achieve a happier life in the face of great adversity. We work to raise awareness about gender nonconformity amongst professionals and public. We campaign for the recognition of gender dysphoria in young people and lobby for improvements in professional services.

Resources are available for:

  • Childline
  • Families
  • Local authorities
  • NHS
  • Police
  • Schools
  • Scouts
  • Social Services
  • Young people

We work to combat isolation and loneliness for parents and young people dealing with gender issues. Empower families with the tools they need to negotiate the education and health services. We also want to reduce the risk of suicidality and self-harm in the young people who contact mermaids. Most important of all is to help improve self-esteem and social functioning in young people suffering with gender issues.

Useful Websites

BIG - The Bullying Intervention Group are one of GHLL's partnerships and have a wealth of resources available to access from their site

Bullying UK - with information and a Skype facility

Feminist Current  - A Blog providing a unique perspective on pop culture, politics, current events, sexuality, gender, and many other issues that are often underrepresented or misrepresented by most media sources. An interesting and thought-provoking blog post on Why I'm Raising My Kids to Know Their Sex, Not Their Gender 

Back to School Programs for Parents, Professionals and Youth - August 2018

All children are affected by the messages they receive about gender: from simple things like “blue is for boys, pink is for girls,” to the ways we encourage youth to pursue activities and academic subjects consistent with society’s notions about gender.


Welsh transgender teenager Llyr Jones moves from childhood to adulthood. Follow her journey as she explores the possibilities of identity.




This toolkit has been created with help from our Teacher Advisory Group to make celebrating School Diversity Week as easy as possible.

Click here to view the full toolkit which includes: recommended reading, poems, videos & films. Also included:

  1. Easy-to-use ideas for school-wide events celebrating LGBT+ equality
  2. Advice on empowering your students to set up a Social Action Team
  3. KS1-KS4 lesson plans covering LGBT+ issues
  4. Subject specific lesson plans
  5. Extracurricular resources including facts, book lists, articles, films and videos
  6. FAQs to help explain the aims of the week
  7. Letter templates about your school’s involvement for parents, staff and governors

Come Out for Trans Equality







The fight for equality is far from over.  Speak up for trans rights and help reform the gender recognition act. Whether it's downloading A Vision For Change, contacting your MP about the Gender Recognition Act or signing up to hear more about what Stonewall is doing, there are plenty of ways to Come Out For Trans people. Click here to read more.


I'm just me

 “I’m just me... It's like coming up for air."

As Jaz and Charlie make a final attempt to keep their relationship alive, one of them comes out as non-binary (meaning they don’t identify as male or female), sparking a conversation that will change them both forever.

A film by Adam Tyler. (13/02/20)




Tavistock Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS): 

They support up to 18 year olds. Most of the referrals are from 12-16 years olds. In the last few years, referrals to the service have quadrupled in size.

They have Gender Identity clinics in Exeter and London and there are two new clinics trialing in Bristol and Manchester. (21/02/20)




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