Four-year-old children in Scotland are allowed to change gender at school
Schoolchidren as young as four will be allowed to change their gender without their parent's consent under new LGBT inclusivity guidelines drawn up in Scotland. Teachers are being told not to question a child's request to choose a new name or use a different toilet, and to respect and support any decision regarding gender identity the pupil might make.
“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,” the guidance says.
If a child chooses to go by a different name, or use a different toilet, teachers are expected to let them do as they wish, regardless of any objections from other pupils.
The advice says that teachers should ask the child if their family is aware that they are considering their gender identity, but does not explicitly say the teacher must contact them to discuss the issue.
Schools are also being encouraged to put books featuring transgender people on the curriculum and to consider adopting gender-neutral uniforms.
Marion Calder, co-director of the For Women Scotland campaign group, described the guidelines as “really, really worrying (…) The bottom line is this is a dangerous ideology that the Scottish Government is pushing,” she said.