About

What would school life look like if it was inclusive of young trans people? How can school subjects be representative of trans people*? What would an inclusive educational space look like? 

‘School Revision: Trans Inclusion in Education’ is a day-long event that will start to imagine what school life for young, trans people could look like in the future. Taking place in a primary school in south London, on Saturday 11th of June, the event will be planned around the daily life of gender variant school pupils.

School Revision Logo FINAL HRAim of School Revision

School Revision will imagine and create an education environment that is inclusive of trans people. For one day we will create the school of the future, imagining what it would be like if it was supportive of trans pupils and practicing this through aspirational lessons and workshops.

Currently over 85% of teachers say that they have never used the words ‘transgender’ or ‘gender transition’ in their planning (findings from an online survey with 246 NUT/ATL members conducted by Juno Roche on trans identities and the PSHE curriculum). School Revision will look at a wide range of interactive lessons to practically explore how to embed trans content and give educators the chance to become immersed in a trans-successful model and share ideas. During the day, we will look at how we can use the curriculum to challenge gender stereotypes and develop a better understanding of trans experiences and challenges.

Participants can take part in tailored lessons, taught by qualified teachers and speakers, forming a curriculum and school environment we imagine is inclusive of diverse gender identities. Lessons that explore gender, language and trans lives, will be taught in order that teachers and head teachers can take practical tips back to their classrooms and schools. The event will be hosted by young trans people and designed to inspire educators and begin to give them an action plan to take home and use in the future.

pencils4Lessons and workshops

Beginning with Morning Assembly in the main hall, participants will attend the lessons they have signed up for, having chosen from the 9 lessons and workshops led by lesson leaders throughout the day. Each hour-long lesson will involve participatory activities, focused on imagining how educators and pupils might experience lessons if they were more inclusive of diverse gender identities (e.g. trans, non-binary, gender fluid, gender questioning).

Participants can sign up to tailored lessons taking place in the main hall and adjoining classrooms throughout the day, including: Literature and storytellingP.E.DramaDesign and TechnologyMedia StudiesBiology, and workshops on supporting schools with resources and practical advice. Visit the schedule for more information.

Space is limited for each lesson and attendees can sign up prior to the event by registering interest through this Google form.

At the end of the day a short school play will be produced by young participants and we’ll see a presentation of findings from the day followed by a Q+A session. Findings will have been collected during the day by volunteer scribes and will address how school environments can change and be more inclusive of trans and non-binary people. After the event these findings, or ‘homework’, will form a report to be distributed online and amongst senior figures in the education sector, to feed into and continue to support campaigns to improve trans inclusion in education.

Free to attend

The event is free (with an option to donate) for young trans* people, parents/carers, teachers, educators, or anyone who works in the education sector, local authorities and the media. Lunch (with vegetarian options) and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Places are limited in the school so please register your interest or sign up via Eventbrite and tell us which lessons you’re keen to participate in. 

Please note: This event is free to attend but space is limited and lessons are limited to 25 places. You can use this form (also linked above) to tell us which lessons you’d like to participate in on the day. Our system is not based on first come first serve – this form helps us to monitor available places and create an environment with a diverse mix of people interested in trans inclusion in education. If you have already expressed an interest in specific lessons this gives you a chance to tell us more about your choices. Please note this does not guarantee you a place in your preferred lesson, but helps us to ensure each lesson has a range of people from diverse backgrounds with varying expertise.

WHEN

WHERE

Lark Hall Primary School – Smedley Street Clapham, London SW4 6PH, United Kingdom – View Map


Why are we organising this event?

In 2016, Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan gave evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee’s (WEC) Trans Equality Report (2016), saying she was making sure schools were abiding by their responsibilities under the Equality Act. Therefore, she was looking at teacher training, reviewing the curriculum and helping “teachers to be more confident and to support pupils…” who are trans or gender variant.

Research provided to the Trans Equality Report, from the Equality Human Rights Commission, indicates that 91% of trans boys and 66% of trans girls experience harassment or bullying at school, leading to depression, isolation and a desire to leave education as early as possible. Unless supported, around 40% of young trans people disconnect from education as it becomes an activity that they want to get away from (based on research conducted by LGBT charity Stonewall). Their experience is not aspirational and often they feel unsupported by the structures which should support them to succeed. The majority of schools in the UK are not currently equipped with the skills or awareness of trans issues to adequately support them.

We’ve been in consultation with many schools, academies, and faith schools. One of the overriding pieces of feedback we had was that head teachers and senior educationalists need advice and to hear the experiences of young transgender people. Head teachers have identified that there needs to be structural and systemic change to allow trans and non-binary pupils to feel safe, secure and aspirational within their schools. Heads have also expressed that they need guidance and help to shape this vision. At present there is no guidance about curriculum from central government to which senior leaders can turn.

Our event fits into the national strategy changes recommended by the WEC report and will create a space where young trans people can feel aspirational, positive and supported fully. Most importantly, it will provide educators with the practical information and confidence needed to make their schools more inclusive of gender variant pupils.

Organisers and supporters

The event is organised by volunteers from grassroots voluntary organisation Wipe Out Transphobia, not-for-profit community interest company Gendered Intelligence, former teacher now campaigner Juno Roche and non-profit project All About Trans with support for school and catering costs from National Union of Teachers (NUT), Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), and Hogan Lovells International Law Firm.

* ‘Trans people’ is used to mean the broad spectrum of people who feel they are gender variant in some way, including but not limited to transsexual, transgender, non-binary and gender queer people.

For more information please get in touch.