Teachers in all-girls schools in the U.K. may soon stop calling female students “girls” in an effort to be more “inclusive” to transgender students, according to Sunday reports.
Caroline Jordan, the president of the U.K.’s Girls’ Schools Association, and leading principals suggested that in certain situations, such as group assemblies, teachers should use “gender neutral” nouns in order to be more inclusive and sensitive to the needs of transgender students, according to the Telegraph.
“Every year there are more and more young people posing questions around their gender identity. I do not want anyone to think that girls’ or boys’ schools are invested in one way of being a girl or one way of being a boy,” Jordan told the Telegraph.
England’s publicly funded Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust reportedly saw 697 children last year younger than 18 who claimed last year they experienced some gender identity confusion.
The Girls’ School Association is a group of various heads of U.K. schools that advocates for high standards of education for girls, while promoting the perks of an all-girls teaching environment. GSA stressed it is not suggesting to completely stop using the terms “girls” and “boys,” but to use “gender neutral” language in certain situations.
“The crux of the matter is that schools have a duty of care to all pupils including those who decide to transition. Language is one part of this complex pastoral issue and GSA schools, which have a long history of excellence in pastoral care, are at the forefront of showing best practice in including transgender pupils,” Jordan said to the Telegraph.
The head of City of London School for Girls, Ena Harrop, also told the Telegraph that her school was adopting “gender neutral” language when referring to a large group of students when transgender students were present.
School bureaucrats advocated for this change after inviting Gendered Intelligence, an organization dedicated to promoting “understandings of gender diversity,” to talk to GSA head teachers.
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