British Primary Schools Get 'Trans-Inclusive Environment' Training

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Pupils at school, in Birmingham, England, 4 October, 2006. Schools across the country are attempting to foster a "new gender-neutral environment." Christopher Furlong/Getty

Workshops are being organized across Britain to teach schools how to implement a completely "trans-inclusive environment and curriculum" for primary-age students.

Heads and teachers should be equipped with practical solutions to combat the gender stereotypes that have shaped our education system, support groups say.

And according to the UK's only NHS specialist service provider of gender identity support for under-18s, the number of British children who want to change their gender has doubled in six months.

The Tavistock and Portman NHS trust for gender identity development service in London says it is under huge pressure, with many of the referrals—151 from 2012-13 to 2014-15—involving children under the age of 10, including one three-year-old and 12 four-year-olds, the Guardian reports.

In response, schools across the country are attempting to accommodate this new gender-fluidity by changing uniform policy, getting rid of the distinctions between boys' and girls' uniforms, and allowing pupils to make gender-neutral choices.

Earlier this year, a primary school in Hartfield, East Sussex, held a "transgender day," to encourage the pupils to explore issues of gender-fluidity.

Allens Croft primary school, in Birmingham, is believed to be the first state primary school in the country to make their uniform policy explicitly gender-neutral, including staff, governors and parents in the decision. The Sunday Times reported that 80 state schools, including 40 primaries, now operated a gender-neutral stance towards uniform.

Brighton College, a private day and boarding school, have since followed suit confirming dysphoric or transgender pupils will soon be able to choose between wearing a traditional blazer, tie and trousers or skirt and bolero jacket.

The Guardian has reported that in time, British primary school students could expect to take part in non-gendered biology lessons, a class on creating unisex spaces and a PE lesson that mixes boys and girls together.