Transgender pupils are to be banned from competing in PE lessons against pupils of the opposite biological sex, new Government plans advise. The Mail has the story.
The guidance, which is expected to be released within the next few weeks and will apply to all state and independent single-sex schools in England, aims to protect girls’ safety and ensure fair competition in sport.
The rule will not be in breach of the Equality Act because there are exemptions for competitive sport and schools are allowed to provide same-sex services if “objectively justifiable”.
Schools will also be told to ban transgender children from using toilets or changing rooms for the gender they identify with.
Those who have changed their gender could be provided with alternative facilities where appropriate, the advice is expected to say.
Schools will also be required to tell the child’s parents if they wish to change their gender, wear uniform consigned to the opposite sex or request they be referred to by different pronouns.
Government sources believe that it is unfair to put transgender girls, who were born as a boy, in competition with biological girls.
They used the example of rugby, saying that it would be “dangerous” and “unfair” given the average biological boy’s size and strength.
“Headteachers will be allowed to have mixed PE lessons where that is not such a worry — for example, tennis. But when sport is competitive, or when safety is a concern, girls’ spaces should be protected,” one said according to the Sun.
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