Guidelines for Schools to be rolled out next year

Guidelines for all schools in Scotland are due to be rolled out next year include informing 5 year olds they can choose their gender. Here are some extracts from the draft.


“Your gender is what you decide. You might be a boy or a girl”.
This is aimed at Level 1, recommended to be suitable for P2 onwards or perhaps sooner in some cases. Primary 2 children are 5 & 6 year olds.

This is the recommended reading list for this age group.

“A doctor says what sex a baby is when they are born”

In the activity learning about LGB we discover it is no longer an attraction based on the persons ‘sex’ but instead their ‘gender’. But the other lesson just taught these 5 yr olds the difference between sex and gender.

Moving onto the Second Level, P5 onwards, children are aged 8 or 9 years old starting P5. We begin more in depth lessons on non-binary and transgender. We begin with a recap

Then we have a colourful slide explaining what non-binary means.

“A non-binary person does not want to change their sex, they want to be who they are without having to be seen as a man or a woman”

The class are then shown the stories of two children who happily reject gender stereotypes and play the games and wear the clothes they want to. Shock horror, the girl even has short hair. But sadly rather than embrace this GNC the lesson is, that these children are non-binary.

Moving in from non-binary, these 8 & 9 year olds are then taught about what transgender means. Shockingly they are already being introduced to the idea of ‘changing their bodies’.

It is anticipated that there might be some questions at this point, specifically what is the difference between someone who is non-binary and someone who is trans?


NB don’t want to change their gender or body.

Trans born into a body that doesn’t fit with how they feel

Recommended reading for this age group is ‘I am Jazz’ (girl brain in a boys body school of thought), it’s use of simple language should be good for 8 & 9 year olds.

I do believe they missed a perfect opportunity to describe what Gender Stereotypes actually are and how they can be damaging to both girls and boys, this activity is called ‘Gender Boys Girls and Stereotypes’. But bizarrely it appears to instead focus on the appearances of people

“This programme of work is being supported by a partnership of NHS Boards, Local Authorities, Education Scotland, Scottish Government and Third Sector agencies. ”

These guidelines have full support across the board.

I sense that quite a few people would perhaps like to contact them and get involved. Input from professionals and parents is welcome. Remember these guidelines are still in draft form and are only currently being piloted. You can get involved here RSHP

I would urge everyone who works in any child and young person sector, any parent, grandparent, politician, anyone at all who thinks that these guidelines could be at all improved to please make contact with the organisers. Don’t wait until it is too late.

This was first posted on Twitter @Scottish_Women on 12/8/18 here

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2 thoughts on “Guidelines for Schools to be rolled out next year

  1. I am a qualified teacher, former PSHE coordinator and mother to a 4 year old. Other than teaching kindness and tolerance in general, I don’t think ANY PSHE should be taught in schools before the age of 7, when, in many European countries, children are only just starting school.They are far too young at 5 to be expected to sensibly think about any of this and, if they do have questions about any PSHE issues concerning them at this age, it should be addressed in a sympathetic, age appropriate way, on an individual basis, preferably by parents, perhaps with guidance from a qualified person. Teach parents and teachers to spot the signs of a confused, worried, or unhappy child, and there should be no need to potentially confuse hundreds of other tiny human beings before they are emotionally ready. In addition, many teachers will have strong opinions on this issue as it is a relatively new consideration for the majority of them. It is too soon to expect them all to teach this stuff without MUCH MORE training first.


  2. Thank you for this. Emailed the link with my criticisms to my children’s Head Teachers. This is pure ideology. My children will not be taught this.

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