Five-Year-Olds Could Get Lessons In Transgender Equality

09/12/2011 12:48 | Updated 22 May 2015
Could children as young as five have lessons in transgender equality?PA

The coalition published a policy programme yesterday which could result in children as young as five being given lessons on 'transgender equality'.

Information about transgender people will form part of the curriculum for personal, social and health education lessons in primary and secondary schools.

The report, 'Advancing transgender equality – a plan for action' states steps need to be taken to address 'transphobic bullying' - the teasing of youngsters who express 'gender variant behaviours'.

The document - produced by the Home Office - also says that schools need to be 'more inclusive for gender-variant children', saying that: 'We know that over 70 per cent of boys and girls who express gender variant behaviours are subject to bullying in schools.'

Critics of the plans say transgender equality is an 'adult' issue and should not be raised with children unless they ask.

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