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Sex, Gender and Schools: recording now available

The recording of our recent seminar is now available here. Many thanks to colleagues in Information Services for their help in uploading the recording. Please note: this is an audio recording, with slides, using the University’s lecture capture facility.



Feminist educators have spent decades considering how to challenge gender stereotyping in schools, and how to make schools more supportive places for gender non-conforming pupils. The recent unprecedented increase in numbers of children and young people (especially girls) identifying as transgender has brought issues around gender and education into the spotlight, and many schools have turned to government-funded lobby groups for guidance on how to respond. The interim report of the NHS England-commissioned Cass Review recently noted that “gender expression” is widely regarded as complex, and forged in the “interaction between biological, cultural, social and psychological factors”. And yet the Scottish Government’s non-statutory guidance for schools, and the advice frequently given to teachers by lobby groups, is based on a more simplistic view, that children and young people asserting a transgender identity are expressing an inner and authentic truth. This seminar will use insights from feminist theory to explore and analyse the environment in which children and young people come to identify as transgender, and to consider how gender is (and could be) framed in the school curriculum. We will examine how discussion has been closed down, including in University departments of education, and invite audience members to be part of re-opening informed, critical and evidence-based dialogue.


Stephanie Davies-Arai, Director, Transgender Trend: “From Tumblr to TikTok – The Gender Identity Generation

Professor Michele Moore: “Dare to Say: Gender Identity Ideology is Dangerous in Schools”

Dr Shereen Benjamin, University of Edinburgh: “Gender In and Beyond the School Curriculum”

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