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Summary: Transgender and School Education

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.

  • A Stonewall Scotland survey of LGBT young people in 2017 found that 71% of transgender young people had experienced bullying at school for being LGBT.
  • More than a half of LGBT young people reported that they frequently or often heard transphobic language in school

External Source: School Report Scotland 2017 (Published: 2017, Stonewall Scotland)

This research has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government, the results are hosted on an external website and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

 

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: Headline findings from our Transgender e-surveys (Published: 2011, Government Equalities Office)

This research has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government, the results are hosted on an external website and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

 

Useful Links

Transgender Page

School Education Page

Publications and Outputs

External Links

External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site. The research below has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

External Publications and Outputs

Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People (LGBT Youth Scotland, 2018) Analysis from a survey of LGBT young people in Scotland, covering homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia, discrimination, hate crime, transport, education, health and work.

School Report Scotland 2017 (Stonewall Scotland, 2017) A survey of LGBT young people's experiences of secondary education including bullying, how schools responded, teaching, and support.

Inequality among lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender groups in the UK: A review of evidence (Government Equalities Office, July 2016) A review of evidence to identify the inequality and disadvantage experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK.

Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying: Review (Department for Education, 2014) Research into how to prevent homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools. It includes a review of existing literature, and a mixed methods study of teachers and pupils

How Fair is Britain?: Report of EHRC first triennial review (EHRC, 2011) This Equality and Human Rights review aims to provide an authoritative compilation of the available evidence about equalities in England, Scotland and Wales against 40 indicators agreed by the Commission, the government and other key agencies. It brings together the facts about the experiences and outcomes in life of different individuals and groups. It draws on a range of sources including censuses, government surveys, academic work, and secondary analysis carried out especially for this Review.

External Research Organisations

Equality Network - Works for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) equality and human rights in Scotland

Stonewall Scotland - LGBT research and publications.

Resources for Professional

Resources for Educators

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site.

LGBT Youth Scotland have produced a Toolkit for Teachers - 'Dealing with Homophobia and Homophobic Bullying in Scottish Schools' with information and advice on supporting transgender pupils.

LGBT Youth Scotland also produce resources for professionals seeking information on young people's experiences of gender identity.

Contacts

Contacts 

School Education

school.stats@gov.scot