Transgender Information and Support

At Cornwall Healthy Schools we have been hearing in the media about issues faced by Transgender people in schools – mainly pupils, but of course schools might also be supporting transgender staff.

Various schools in Cornwall have contacted us to ask what guidance and good practice guidelines are available. We are delighted to have the support of the Intercom Trust to develop these resources given here.

Intercom Trust is lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community resource in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and the wider South West, offering help to develop the LGBT communities, providing professional training and consultancy, and working in partnership with local government, the police, health and other organisations.

A number of schools in Cornwall have also been really helpful and supportive in this process – thank you everyone!

Guided by Intercom, we have compiled a range of resources that we hope you will find helpful. The reports and links are all from reliable, safe sources, and cover a wide range of issues.

You will find general information for schools and families. This includes community resources and support groups, helplines, dedicated charities, research and information, good practice guidelines, Trans-Inclusion toolkits, tackling bullying, legal information, and much more.


Transgender Resources for Schools

Useful Websites: 

Intercom Trust - Community resource for the South West. Resources, help line, information, training, projects, directory of other services. UK charity, Lottery funded

Gires - Research and education, resources, e-learning. UK Charity. Lottery funded.

Stonewall - Information, advice, support. UK charity

Young Stonewall - Information for 16 – 21 year olds.

Gendered Intelligence - Support for Young people, families, professionals. UK charity, Lottery funded.

Schools Out - to make our schools safe and inclusive for everyone. supporting the role of LGBT people in our schools. UK charity.

The Beaumont Society - Help and advice for individuals and families. UK charity

The Proud Trust - For young people, professionals. Training, resources, info. UK charity

Cornwall Council - many links

The LGBT Consortium - The LGBT Consortium Anti-Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) Bullying Alliance (‘The Alliance’) are a nationwide partnership of LGBT organisations. UK charity

NHS Choices website


Core Guidance: 

Working in partnership, Intercom and Devon and Cornwall Police and Cornwall Council (Children Schools and Families Service) and Head Teachers in Cornwall have produced a ground-breaking new Guidance document for schools and families. It is a detailed survey of the needs of Transgendered Children and Young People who are transitioning while still at school.

Young people at the Allsorts Youth Group in Brighton have produced a useful guide: Top Tips for working with trans and gender questioning young people


School Specific Resources: 

TES resource list – all key stages, some free some paid

Supporting Transgender Pupils in the Primary Classroom - Thoughtful essay about teachers attitudes (2011) (GAE works to challenge and eradicate sexism and gender inequality within and through education)

Supporting a transitioning pupil

Trans-Inclusion Toolkit -Thorough, wide-ranging guidance for schools.

Trans Equality in Schools and Colleges - NASUWT guidance booklet

An introduction to supporting LGBT Young People - A Guide for Schools from Stonewall

Welcoming Schools Lesson Plans - Diverse lesson plans for your school

Welcoming Schools Helpful Reading - Books to help adults understand

Welcoming Schools LGBTQ-inclusive lesson plans - Lesson plans to make LGBTQ-inclusive primary schools

The Rainbow Flag - Committing your school or college to the Rainbow Flag Award is a commitment to improve the lives of all the young people that you work with, as well as the LGBT+ young people in your care, those from LGBT+ families, and LGBT+ staff members



Legal obligations of the Equality Act 2010 - Overview of the obligations that the Act places on schools in relation to pupils and the provision of education


Tackling Transphobic Bullying: (Drop down)

Gires Assisting Schools Document - Assisting Schools to Combat Transgender Bullying

Preventing and Tackling Bullying - Advice for headteachers, staff and governing bodies