London private school to introduce 'gender-neutral' uniforms that would allow skirts for boys
15 May, 2017, 18:57
One of London's leading private schools is considering the introduction of gender neutral uniforms.
Highgate School is considering mix-and-match outfits for pupils after head teachers said that growing numbers of children were questioning their gender.
Highgate School, a co-educational establishment whose fees are about £20,000 per year (around $26,000), has drawn up plans to change its uniform policy for those students questioning their gender identity, according to The Sunday Times.
Girls are already allowed to wear pants as part of the uniform, while boys can not wear skirts.
Items included in the new dress code won't be linked to sex, noted Pettitt, who told the newspaper: "We are asking [pupils], should it be called uniform number one and uniform number two?"
He said that parents would be asked before a decision is...
He added some former pupils have complained about the changes, saying "They write in and say if you left children to their own devices they would grow up differently and you are promoting the wrong ideas". It allows students to request staff to address them by the opposite gender name and already welcomes a boy student who wears a dress. The school is also forced to step in and mediate between parents and children because not all parents are aware that their children are questioning their gender identity with counsellors at the school, the headmaster noted.
Researchers observed that children who saw therapists and others in authority who assume they belong to the opposite sex can actually become more distressed, exacerbating their "gender dysphoric identity".
The younger generation prefer to think of gender as a means which they can explore different identities, The Times reports.
The school authorities are now taking inputs from experts regarding the best possible gender-neutral uniform dress code that can be implemented. The dress code for female students allows girls to wear trousers.
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