Skip navigation

Equality and Diversity - Key Stage 5


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

Some useful videos about bullying at school and work

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.










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.

Click here to view the Blog from Gender Spectrum which includes various videos.


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

School Diversity Week: 2nd July - 6th July 2018



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.









Was the information on this page helpful? Yes No