Tory schools minister ‘wouldn’t be happy’ if girls boarded with trans girl
Will Quince. (Parliament)
Tory schools minister Will Quince has announced he “wouldn’t be too happy” for a trans child to share a boarding school with his daughters.
Quince was giving evidence before the Education Select Committee when Tory MP Caroline Johnson, saying she had been contacted by a constituent whose daughter had gone to school with a trans girl, asked what guidance the Department of Education Education would empower schools regarding the growing number of openly trans students.
Johnson said that “schools need to strike a balance to ensure that [trans] that children can be properly cared for and that their needs are properly met”, while also meeting the needs of the wider school population.
She continued, “I was approached as a member of this committee last week by parents who are concerned about the presence of an 18-year-old trans woman in their teenage daughters’ boarding school,” asking Quince how schools should handle this “in a sensitive way that preserves the privacy, dignity and well-being of all students”.
Quince responded by saying the issue of trans inclusion in schools is a “bit of a minefield” and that the Government Equalities Office was working with the Department for Education on producing advice.
Last month was revealed that advice to schools on supporting trans pupils was suddenly dropped by the UK equality watchdog, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (HRC), after government intervention .
“I distinctly remember my colleague saying that Number 10 made line-by-line changes to the guidelines because they didn’t want them to be too progressive or too favorable to trans children,” an EHRC lawyer said. Vice World News.
Responding to Johnson, Quince said there “are two competing priorities” when it comes to trans students.
“The first is the Equality Act 2010 and the importance that all children and young people are treated equally and, where there are protected characteristics, that they are recognised”, a- he declared. “But at the same time, every school also has legal obligations, a duty to safeguard, protect and promote the well-being of all children.”
Quince then announced, “On the surface of what you just said, as a parent — and in particular a parent of two young girls — I probably wouldn’t be too happy with the situation you’re describing.
“You can give all the guidance in the world that establishes the legal position, but we need schools to use their common sense first and follow the law as it is right now,” he said afterwards. . “I would say the obligation to protect and safeguard should probably trump anything else.”
As a spokesperson for the trans charity Gendered Intelligence put it: “There is no evidence to suggest that the inclusion of trans students is in any way a protection issue. There is, however, evidence that clearly demonstrates the significant risk of bullying, abuse and poor mental health faced by transgender youth.
“By suggesting that he would be uncomfortable with the inclusion of transgender youth, the minister is helping to perpetuate these issues. We are talking about a vulnerable group of young people who just want to be able to learn in peace.
Recent research by a charity for young LGBT+ people Just like us found that 55% of teachers in England have at least one student who has come out as trans, and 78% say they would like more resources on how best to support them.
According to Stonewall, 64% of trans youth are bullied at school because they are trans, and one in nine have received death threats at school.