Summary: Transgender and School Education
The Scottish Government does not have information available on gender identity of pupils or teachers. It is not appropriate to collect this for pupils.
The research below has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government, the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers.
- Of 872 Transgender people surveyed (of all ages), 64% of young Transgender men and 44% of young Transgender women experienced harassment or bullying at school, not just from their fellow pupils but also from school staff including teachers.
External Source: Whittle et al (2007),
An online survey of Transgender people in the UK in April 2011 sought adults' points of view regarding children's experiences in school:
- Almost half of respondents (44%) thought that the behaviour of other children presented the most challenges to gender variant children;
- Nearly two-thirds of respondents (47%) thought that intervention, such as guidance or training, would be best focussed in secondary school;
- Nearly half of respondents (45%) thought that teachers did not have the tools to tackle the bullying of gender variant children in schools.
External Source: Government Equalities Office (2011) Headline findings from our transgender
e-surveys, reported in Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Evidence Review (2013)
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