Safe Schools Alliance Spokeswomen Victoria Edwards & Tanya Carter quoted in today’s @dailytelegraph article in response to @trussliz announcement on reforms to the Gender Recognition Act and self ID being ruled out.
#edutwitter #WomenED #LGBT #ukedchat

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‘We welcome the news that the government has decided not to use ‘self ID’ as a basis for being issued with a Gender Recognition certificate. It is heartening that this government have chosen to listen to the concerns of women’s groups & advocates for children.‘
‘When the original #GRA2004 was introduced, women’s opinions were not sought, nor was it assessed against our current child safeguarding frameworks.
There is still further work to do, to undo all the regulatory capture of organisations that have been working outside of the law.’
‘Schools must be mindful that Gender Identity is NOT a protected characteristic in the #EA2010. It is not defined anywhere in law. When teaching the concept of ‘gender identity’, schools must ensure they don’t undermine important work in challenging gender stereotypes & sexism’
‘While some people believe they have a ‘gender identity’, others do not. While belief is also a protected characteristic (and also not believing), beliefs must not be conflated with facts.‘
‘Schools should continue to ensure that on the occasions when it is necessary for students to be separated into boys and girls, for reasons of safety, privacy & dignity or fairness that this continues to be done on the basis of biological sex and not gender identity.’
‘There must be no ‘affirmation only’ policies now it has been made clear that self ID has no legal basis. We call upon the government to ensure all children have access to high quality and timely mental health support when needed.’
‘We look forward to continuing to work with the government, political parties, schools and unions on the important task of ensuring the highest standards of welfare for children at all times.’
#SLTchat #safeguarding #LGBT #WomenED #edutwitter #ukedchat

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