Sex and gender are delicate and nuanced issues for all of us and can be intimidating topics to teach. This practical, empathetic book aims to dispel some of the uncertainties that many teachers have and empower them to lead inclusive, age-appropriate lessons in primary and secondary schools. Taking an approach that celebrates the individual identity of all learners, and underpinned by an awareness of the complexity of language around these topics, this book offers a careful evaluation of the 2020 Relationship and Sex Education policy for schools in England, and how schools can offer intelligent, socially responsible, sex education that goes beyond simply meeting statutory requirements.




  • Why this chapter?
  • Gender 101
  • Intersex/DSD
  • Body image
  • Depression
  • Body dysmorphia
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Gender influences
  • Trans kids in the UK
  • The role of education
  • Conclusion

Chapter objectives

  • To understand that gender is an expression of the self and part of an individual’s personal identity.
  • To recognise how gender has been traditionally assigned and the current influences on gender.
  • To consider depression, dysmorphia and dysphoria in relation to gender.
  • To appreciate that gender identity holds different levels of meaning and significance for different people.
  • To consider four factors that teachers can use to support individuals.

Why this chapter?

We’ve designed this book so that you can read each chapter as a stand-alone guide. However, we will refer between different chapters as we go. You will soon get an idea of how we go about approaching each section, and key themes that ...

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