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Should boys be allowed to wear skirts at school? Debate over gender-neutral uniforms and bathrooms

PUBLISHED: 10:29 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:29 15 May 2017

Stock image. Picture: DAVID DAVIES/PA WIRE

Stock image. Picture: DAVID DAVIES/PA WIRE

With headteachers dealing with rising numbers of children questioning their identity across the country reportedly, we are asking for your thoughts on gender-neutral uniforms and bathrooms at school.

The debate was triggered over the weekend after it emerged that a private school in London is considering introducing gender neutral uniforms which would allow boys to wear skirts. Highgate School is consulting on the mix-and-match design which would see an end to designated boys’ and girls’ uniforms.

The school’s headmaster, Adam Pettitt, told The Times that some boys may feel happier knowing that they would be allowed to wear skirts and feel more secure.

There are also national pushes for schools to introduce gender-neutral toilets.

Nationally, there is a reported rise in the number of children questioning their identity. Headteachers are now grappling with the best response to these issues.

The government has also urged schools to be more sensitive to “trans” children facing these issues.

Answer our poll on the issue and comment below.

22 comments

  • Waspie's wife.... Bathroom is not a term used in our English schools. Sounds as if this has come from America. The number of children questioning their identity is a minority issue. Therefore the majority of children do not. It should be perfectly possible to carry on as usual with male, female toilets and have a space for another one for students to choose to use. I don't expect to go into a store and not have a female toilet. I can well remember as a young schoolgirl that you need privacy away from boys and esprcially at puberty. No I don't think it should be the rule boys can wear skirts. This is again a minority issue. Schools must cater to the majority, or you then go into the realm of promoting this issue. Its being pushed so much on telly, I'm not surprised children are confused. When's I was at school we longed to wear trousers in colder weather. Trousers are perfectly fine. In fact if I'd have turned up for school with tight fitting trousers or skirts hitched up to the length I have seen today, it would have got you into deep trouble. There's enough pressure on looks today, trosers are unisex, so no need for skirts.

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    waspie

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

  • Curly Dave, "bathroom" is an American term for the loo!

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    Suffolk Exile

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • Mike Hunt hits the nail on the head. Trousers are a more practical item of clothing for female service personnel and police officers. I think this talk of being "trans" is media-generated rather than reflecting reality. I think most schools have more important matters to be dealing with (look at the article on Stoke High for example). Boys wearing a skirt at school is one thing; wearing a skirt on the journey to and from school could be rather eventful.

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    Suffolk Exile

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • No wonder kids are turning into wimps. What's happened to masculinity? & why do we have to call a ToiletWC a Bathroom ?, It's a ToiletWC there's no bath in there.

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    Curly Dave

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • Reminds me of that brilliant Blackadder sketch. Out you popped and everyone’s shouting: “It’s a boy, it’s a boy!” And somebody said: “But it hasn’t got a winkle!” And I said: “God be praised, it’s a miracle. A boy without a winkle!” And then Sir Thomas More pointed out that a boy without a winkle is a girl. Everyone was really disappointed. Born with a winkle = boy, no winkle = girl. End of.

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    Steve Blake

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • Just make it a rule that all kids ware trousers whatever their gender. Plus we should not feel that we have to cater for every idiosyncrasy .

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    jack rabbit

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • Er what a bizarre article , the RAF just banned women from wearing skirts , don't see many if any policewomen wearing skirts anymore , and imagine if Geater started wearing skirts whilst on his bike ride to work everyday , yuk . Please we have to ditch this ridiculous PC rubbish , let's concentrate on making the schools better not what the kids are wearing !

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    Macke

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • This is stupid, B######s to all this pc c##p, im guessing a majority of people who agree are remainers too!!

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    Jayjay9

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • Well,the school I went to was in the East End(London) and you would not want to wear a skirt there,and that was during the 50's and early 60's!!!! It was an all boys school. PC gone flipping mad again.

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    blowesyboy

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • Terence, you've made two logical errors and three grammatical ones; most impressive in just ten words.

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    Jimbo

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • two people today must like to wear there wifes clothes.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • I think beerlover hit the nail on the head. One of the students who I occasionally work with (they're "up north") changed gender last summer (between GCSEs and A-levels). She's now doing very well both academically and in life in general. Personally I have no problem with schools being safe spaces.

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    Jimbo

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • Sounds like bereaver has got his or her panties in a twist

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    GilbertGeorge

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • It seems to me that most of the comments about this subject reflect exactly the sort of comments that were made half a century ago when more and more women started wearing trousers and it was considered (by some) an absolute outrage that they should dare to do so. Maybe in 50 years from now we'll look back on this in the same way we now look back on that. It seems to me that if people are outraged at what someone might want to wear (as many commenters here seem to be) the problem is with them rather than the person not dressing in the "approved" manner.

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    beerlover

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • Well, you wouldn't have wanted to wear a skirt at the school that I went to.

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    Poet

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • Political correctness gone stark raving mad once again. What's next? The option to wear nothing at all if you happen to want to experiment with being a nudist?

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    Suffolk Boy

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • I must admit I found myself checking the calendar when I read this article but no it's definitely May. The comments made by Mike Hunt bring some logical reasoning to this subject however in truth I'm really hoping someone will jump up and say 'we were only joking we haven't really gone mad!'

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    Kersal

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • TERENCE MANNING

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • I bet Scottish schools allow kilts ...

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    Baptist Trainfan

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • The fact our main local newspaper is asking this question shows what a mad world we now live in

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    Buxton

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • How ironic that we have schools banning girls from wearing skirts and here we have a discussion on whether boys should be allowed to wear them - surely the equilibrium has been reached by stating that all shall wear trousers that way everyone is the same and no-one stands out from the other, that surely is the definition of neutral. Obviously look forward to the first news story where a boy has been suspended from school over his short skirt length.

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    Mike Hunt

    Monday, May 15, 2017

  • This must be a wind up or the patients are taking control of the asylum

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    Dopey Donkey

    Monday, May 15, 2017

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