Transgender School Children: Changing rooms and beyond
How schools are adapting to growing numbers of transgender pupils.
ST PAUL'S, a fee-paying girls' school in west London, often tops the league tables for exam results.
But it is in the news for another reason: the publication of a new “gender-identity student protocol”, which allows pupils older than 16 to wear boys' clothes and to be addressed by boys' names.
Although the school would not accept a male applicant, it is happy to support existing pupils who wish to change gender, explains Clarissa Farr, the school's head teacher.
Growing numbers of her pupils, she says, no longer see themselves as girls.
Schools are often in the front line of social change.
But rarely has it come so fast.
The Gender Identity Research and Education Society, a charity, estimates that the number of children who identify as transgender in Britain is doubling each year.
Mermaids, an outfit that supports transgender children, received 3,000 phone calls last year, up from 600 in 2014.
Most children simply identify as another gender, or none; a minority begin medical treatment to alter their bodies.
They often have a tough time at school.
1.Changing room 更衣室
例句:He began throwing things around the changing room.
2.medical treatment 治疗
例句:Several police officers received medical treatment for cuts and bruises.
3.in the front line of 在前线；第一线
例句:Information officers are in the front line of putting across government policies.
4.head teacher 校长；班主任
例句:The head teacher has to divide up her time between administration and classroom teaching.