There are more children in our schools seeking support for difficulties in the development of their gender identity than ever before. In 2009-10, just 97 children were referred to the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), based at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, which is the only public service of its kind in Great Britain. Referrals have increased every year since, with the number for 2017-18 rising to 2,519, a 25 per cent increase compared with the previous year.
While the majority of these children are of secondary age, in 2017-18, 246 were of …
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Debbie Hayton teaches physics at a secondary school in the West Midlands. She transitioned seven years ago, and tweets @DebbieHayton
* This article originally appeared in the 10 May 2019 issue of TES under the headline “Supporting transgender students: what you need to know.” It was then published on their website on 10 May 2019: Supporting transgender students: what you need to know.
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