Pupils: Gender Recognition

Department for Education written question – answered on 23rd June 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Barker Baroness Barker Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Voluntary Sector and Social Enterprise)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they give to schools to ensure that the names of transgender children are recorded appropriately and in such a way as to protect their privacy.

Photo of Baroness Barker Baroness Barker Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Voluntary Sector and Social Enterprise)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the School Information Management System records the names of transgender children in such a way as to protect their privacy.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The department does not give specific guidance to schools about recording the names of transgender children. The operational arrangements as to how information is recorded and protected within a school’s own information management system are for them to decide locally.

The department advises in its equalities guidance for schools that they must protect from discrimination because of gender reassignment, and address any issues early on, sensitively and proactively. The equalities guidance links to further helpful transgender guidance written by a partnership of bodies in Cornwall, which schools might like to follow.

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