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Stonewall urges teachers to stop using term ‘boys and girls’ in mixed-gender classes

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Stonewall urges teachers to stop using term ‘boys and girls’ in mixed-gender classes

Stonewall, a charity founded in 1989 that fights for LGBTQ-inclusive education, has urged educators to ditch gendered language in the classroom. In guidance documents shared by the charity, school staff are encouraged to teach primary school children to use the pronoun “they/them”.

The documents said: “It is unnecessary to say ‘boys and girls’ when referring to learners of all genders, you could instead say ‘learners’.”

Schools have also been urged to check and update their policies.

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The charity urged schools to remove “unnecessarily gendered language”.

“Instead of using ‘he’/’she’, you could use ‘they’,” the charity guidance said.

The charity is also championing for schools to ditch policies on gendered uniforms and allow children to compete in mixed-sex sports.

British educational institutions have the opportunity to become a member of the Stonewall School & College Champion schools by paying a yearly fee which can be as much as £800 plus VAT for institutions with over 2,000 pupils.

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Once accepted, champion schools can apply for a bronze, silver or gold award to show they are following the “best practice” for inclusive education.

Stonewall advises school staff that they should: “Avoid dividing learners by gender, whether in the classroom (you could divide them by their favourite colour, month of birth or something else) or through uniform, sports activities or other aspects of school life.”

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A Stonewall spokesperson said they were “very proud of all of our work supporting schools to create supportive and inclusive environments which help everyone feel accepted for who they are”.

They added that the advice given to schools is “robust” and “in line with the Department for Education’s guidance for schools in England, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Equality Act Code of Practice”.

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