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Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted Chief, Joins Nick Ferrari In Floundering Over Gender-Netural Toilets

'He, she, or they'.

14/04/2016 12:58

The chief inspector of schools in England was left floundering after being asked about gender-neutral toilets during a live radio broadcast.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted, was asked whether more schools should have the facilities by a young caller during a phone-in on Thursday.

He replied: "Do you know I haven’t given that one second of thought."

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Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of schools in England, was left stumped by a question on gender-neutral toilets on Thursday

Yet Sir Wilshaw was not alone in stumbling around the topic.

LBC presenter Nick Ferrari struggled to understand gender fluidity, whereby someone's self-defined gender identity is variable.

Addressing the young caller, Rebecca, whose sibling is gender fluid, Ferrari asked: "Is it your sister or what do we call.. do we say sister or brother, I can’t remember?"

He later said: "He, she or they".

Watch the exchange, above, and read the full transcript, below.

Teachers themselves debated the introduction of gender-neutral facilities at a trade union conference two weeks ago.

Members of the ATL union discussed the potential addition of gender-neutral toilets and changing rooms in an effort to make trans pupils feel more comfortable.

During the same conference school staff said they lacked understanding of trans issues a growing number of pupils face.

Teachers agreed they required more training on the issue.

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