Gender Questioning Children

Following the Cass Review Final Report April 2024 an independent review of Gender Identity Services for Children and Young People in England. The DFE have produced some non-statutory guidance for schools to to help them navigate challenges which may arise when supporting CYP who have socially transitioned. The draft is currently review but a summary of the guidance can be found here linked with specific questions schools may be facing. 

The Guidance highlights 5 key principles:

  1. Schools and colleges have statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare
    of all children.
  2. Schools and colleges should be respectful and tolerant places where bullying is
    never tolerated.
  3. Parents should not be excluded from decisions taken by a school or college
    relating to requests for a child to ‘socially transition’.
  4. Schools and colleges have specific legal duties that are framed by a child’s
    biological sex.
  5. There is no general duty to allow a child to ‘social transition’.

The National Education Union also provide advice to help school and college staff support gender questioning students in education.

Resources for schools  

Healthy schools have produced a Trans, Non-Binary & Gender Questioning Padlet  which contains posters, activities and links to wider organisations and resources to support transgender inclusion and gender diversity. 

Stonewall a charity which works to promote access to LGBTQ-inclusive education for every young person have produced a guide for schools around creating an LGBT-inclusive primary curriculum.

The Trevor project offers LGBTQ+ community resources including specific guides for schools and resources about gender identity

Further information on support, resources and organisations available to support LGBTQ+ young people including with their mental health and wellbeing can be found on our LGBTQIA+ and young people webpage. 

Books for children and young people 


Transgender identity

Non-binary identity




Last updated: 14/05/2024