New guidance for Church schools

Nov 13, 2017 by

In this section:

  1. The Church of England’s new policy on “transgender children” unveiled on November 13
  2. Commendations and explanations from C of E leaders
  3. A selection of press reports
  4. Support from some Christians
  5. Serious criticism from a cross section of commentators
  6. Petitions encouraging mass opposition to the guidelines


1. Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying tackled in new guidance for church schools, from the Church of England website: Read here


2. The new guidance, “Valuing All God’s Children”, is explained:

Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying by Justin Welby, ACNS

Why Our Guidance On Combating Bullying Is Part Of Our Vision For Education by Nigel Genders, Huffington Post


3. Some press reports

Church of England tells primary schools: Let little boys wear tutus and high heels if they want by Harry Farley, Christian Today

Young should not be bullied for exploring their identity, says Church of England, World News

Boys should be free to wear tutus and tiaras, says Church of England by Isabel Bennett, Guardian

Church of England issues transphobic bullying guidance, BBC News

Let boys wear tutus and high heels if they want to, Church of England says, by Olivia Rudgard, Telegraph

Let little boys wear tiaras: Church of England issues new advice to combat transgender bullying for teachers by Steve Doughty, Mailonline

Church of England tells schools to let children ‘explore gender identity’ by Rachel Roberts, Independent

New Church of England guidance says children should be free to explore gender roles, Chronicle Live


5. But many more commentators attack the guidelines and those who defend them as at best naïve and at worst abandoning biblical anthropology in order to collude with the powerful proponents of the new gender ideology:

Traditional Christians contribute to society, by Tim Dakin, Fulcrum. [The Bishop of Winchester speaking from within the establishment, goes as far as he can in suggesting problems within Valuing all God’s Children: according to him it does not sufficiently explain the Church’s traditional teaching, and even may imply that this teaching is to blame for bullying behaviour.]

The real problems with ‘Valuing all God’s children’, by Martin Davie

C of E’s new gender policy backs up ‘heresy’ claim, by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream (and is part of a wider problem in the Church of England’s association with schools).

On Tiaras and Tutus, by John Percival, Church Society

Plato and the Church of England: Guidelines for Schools by Rollin Grams

Does no-one in the C of E dare oppose top cleric? By Mark Kellner, Get Religion

If church schools won’t fight the cult of gender ideology, who will? By Brendan O’Neill, Catholic Herald

Melanie Phillips writes in the Times: ‘ The Church of England is sowing the seeds of its own destruction’; re- Lorna Ashworth, Gavin Ashenden and Joshua Sutcliffe. – Gavin Ashenden

Homophobic bullying and CofE schools by Phill Sacre

I’m not surprised the absurd Church of England says boys can wear tiaras to school. All common sense has been lost in the gender debate by A N Wilson, Mailonline

Questioning gender fluidity is the new blasphemy by Brendan O’Neill, Spectator

Faith schools fall to the transgender zealots by Caroline Farrow, TCW

Can we care and say ‘no’ to a request? by Ian Paul, Psephizo


7. PETITION:  Scrap guidance to teachers in Church of England schools promoting gender dysphoria among children

Also: Say NO to the Church of England’s transgender Trojan horse: PETITION from CitizenGo: “..the document is nothing short of a Trojan Horse – it is a wholesale, entirely uncritical, endorsement of transgender ideology.”

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