Now NURSERY students are being told they can choose their own gender: Parents fury as education chiefs ask two-year-olds if they ‘feel’ more like a boy or a girl during of the national school census
- A survey has been criticized for asking young children what their preferred gender is
- Education chiefs have come under fire over national school census questions
- In it, young people had to choose whether they felt more like a girl or a boy.
Education chiefs have come under fire for asking children as young as two what their preferred ‘gender’ is when filling in the national school census.
In a decision that drew a backlash from parents, youngsters were asked to choose whether they ‘felt’ more like a girl or a boy rather than noting down the gender they were born with.
The national survey, which is carried out in state schools including nurseries, primary and secondary three times a year, collects key information about children aged 2 to 19 living in England.
In the survey, young people were asked whether they ‘feel’ more like a girl or a boy (file photo)
Everything from names, postcodes, age, ethnicity, educational background and grades are collected and then recorded in a central database run by the Ministry of Education to help inform future policy and planning decisions.
Now The Mail on Sunday can reveal authorities are also asking children to say what ‘gender’ they are, rather than declaring their sex.
This means that a child who was born a boy but identifies as a girl will be registered as “female” in government records.
Currently, there is no provision in the survey for the government to record legal sex.
Last night, critics warned the move could be subject to a legal challenge and put young girls at risk.
Stephanie Davies-Arai, of lobby group Transgender Trend, said: ‘The Office for National Statistics was legally challenged over the exact same data collection and had to change it.
“The Department of Education should be aware of the law and aware of the ONS case.
Education chiefs have been criticized for asking children as young as two what their preferred ‘gender’ was when filling in the national school census (file photo used)
“It basically means they can’t distinguish between girls and boys and therefore monitor gender discrimination in schools. It’s really serious.
It comes as Baroness Barran, a fellow Tory, admitted the Department for Education’s school census did not collect the gender of children.
She said the government’s position was that “sex should be specified as ‘M’ (male) or ‘F’ (female) (which may be different from the individual’s legal sex)”.
She added: ‘This should be self-reported and recorded according to the wishes of the parent and/or student. The school census does not collect the gender of students.
The move comes amid a growing trend among state agencies to allow individuals to register their preferred gender.
But over the past year, the pushback has grown.
In December, a leading girls’ school organization, the Girls’ Day School Trust, said it would not accept transgender pupils for fear they would “undermine” the schools’ status as single-sex establishments.