Information for Educators

GIRES is a member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

Follow the links below to view our available resources on Gender Development specifically designed for educators. Please contact GIRES directly if the material provided doesn’t suit your circumstances, and we will design something specifically for your situation.

Law and good practice for the transition of a Teacher in School (January 2017)

GIRES has produced a factsheet summary on the law and good practice for a teacher transitioning in a school environment.

Document: Transition of a Teacher in School (PDF, 451KB)

Law and good practice for the transition of a Pupil in School (January 2017)

GIRES has produced a factsheet summary on the law and good practice for a pupil to be able to transition in a school environment.

Document: Transition of a Pupil in School (PDF, 451KB)

Law and good practice for the transition of a Student at University (January 2017)

GIRES has produced a factsheet summary on the law and good practice for a student to be able to transition in a university environment.

Document: Transition of a Student in University (PDF, 412KB)

‘Action against hate” July 2016 UK government action plan to tackle anti-LGBT hate crime in schools.

Document: Action Against Hate The UK Government’s plan for tackling hate crime (PDF).

Assisting Schools to Combat Transphobic Bullying

GIRES has extensive experience of assisting schools in developing policies, training their staff and handling specific situations. The charity works with a range of other reputable expert support groups. The charity will be very pleased to respond quickly to a request for help from any school, supply information, including relevant free literature, offer policy advice and refer the school to whichever group can best provide tailor-made training to meet its needs.

Document: Assisting Schools (PDF, 101KB)

Cornwall Schools Transgender Guidance

Cornwall Schools Transgender Guidance (PDF), has been written in collaboration with Cornwall Council, The Intercom Trust, Devon & Cornwall Police and head teachers in 2012. The new 2015 version is now available.

Equality Act 2010: Technical Guidance for Schools

Guidance produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on how the Equality Act should be implemented in schools.

Document: Technical Guidance for Schools in England

Document: Technical Guidance for Schools in Scotland

Equality Act 2010: Technical Guidance on Further and Higher Education

Guidance produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on how the Equality Act should be implemented in further and higher education settings.

Document: Equality Act 2010: Technical Guidance on Further and Higher Education (PDF)

Equality for Teachers: Guidance Document from NASUWT

Guidance Document commissioned and produced by the NASUWT to to provide an overview of the law and to support employers of teachers to ensure their workplaces are trans-inclusive

Document: Trans Equality in Schools and Colleges – Advice and Guidance for Teachers and Leaders (PDF).

IT’S MY RIGHT awareness film by SafeT UK

IT’S MY RIGHT aims to ensure that every young Transgender viewer knows that they have a right to be themselves, in school, at college at work, at home, in hospital, in the street etc.

Produced by Yorkshires own safeT UK – Strength Awareness Freedom and Empowerment for Transgender people. It features young people from Yorkshire explaining their rights as people with the protected characteristic of “Gender Reassignment”. “A person has the protected characteristic of gender reassignment if the person is proposing to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone a process (or part of a process) for the purpose of reassigning the person’s sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex.” (Equality Act 2010, Section 7).

LGB&T learners in Further Education

The Skills Funding Agency has published its study into LGB&T learners in Further Education, to which GIRES and the Lesbian and Gay Foundation contributed. The full report, including recommendations for the SFA and FE colleges, can be downloaded below.

Document: Research into Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Adult Learning (PDF, 900KB)

Preventing and tackling bullying: Advice for Headteachers, Staff, and governing bodies

The government’s most recent guidance on transphobic bullying is found in “Preventing and tackling bullying: Advice for Headteachers, Staff, and governing bodies,” which can be downloaded below.

Document: Preventing and Tackling Bullying (PDF, 328KB)

Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs

The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) and Education Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) have worked together on a programme to address homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools.

Document: Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs (PDF)

Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying among school-age children and young people: findings from a mixed methods study of teachers, other providers and pupils

This NatCen report presents the findings from a qualitative study carried out to explore what works in tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying among school age children and young people in England and Wales.

Document: Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying among school-age children and young people (PDF, 1.8MB)

Teacher’s Kit for Gender Blurring (Huffpost Gay Voices)

Melissa Bollow Tempel has written a most helpful piece about children who do not fit the typical binary division into ‘boys’ and ‘girls’.

Document: It’s OK to Be Neither: Teaching That Supports Gender-Variant Children.

Top Tips for Working with Trans* and Gender Questioning Young People

Written by the young people of Transformers, Allsorts Trans* Youth Group in Brighton with support from staff. (January 2014).

Document: Top Tips Booklet (PDF, 390KB)

Transgender Equality in Further Education

The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) document “Promoting transgender equality in further education.”

Document: Promoting transgender equality in further education (PDF, 926KB)

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