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Commenting on the publication of Government guidance for schools on Gender Questioning Children, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers' Union, said:

“The timing of publication of this guidance is unfortunate on the day that Parliament adjourns for the Christmas break.

“It is right that there should be a thorough period for consultation to ensure that the guidance provides schools with the support they need as they navigate these important and sensitive issues. Ministers need to demonstrate that they are willing to engage in discussing these matters openly and sensitively.

“We will be considering carefully the draft guidance and hearing from teachers and headteachers on whether this guidance will provide the clarity that schools and colleges need.

“We would caution against schools seeking to pre-empt the conclusion of the Government’s consultation. It is clear that Ministers have found it difficult to issue this guidance which has been beset by countless delays.

“It is essential that this guidance contributes to ensuring that schools and colleges provide safe and inclusive learning and teaching environments for all pupils and staff.”


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