Stonewall raised concerns with Ofsted that inspectors don’t always discuss trans issues with children

Jun 5, 2021 by

by Ewan Somerville, Telegraph:

Stonewall raised “concern” with Ofsted that inspectors do not always discuss trans issues with primary school children, The Telegraph can reveal.

The LGBT charity questioned an exemption in the school watchdog’s guidance allowing inspectors to avoid asking children as young as five about topics such as gender transitioning if a headteacher “reasonably believes” it is sensitive for pupils.

In an email to Ofsted, released under freedom of information laws, Stonewall said: “We are concerned that exempting inspectors from speaking to pupils about certain protected characteristics could undermine their ability to effectively assess a primary school’s compliance with the Equality Act 2010.”

They singled out the need not to discriminate on the basis of gender reassignment, which under equality law is the process of transitioning from one gender to another, warning that inspectors might not be able to spot bullying if pupils were not asked.

The email raised “specific concern” that teachers may not “make pupils aware of the existence of all protected characteristics” in the 2010 Equality Act by the time they leave primary school.

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