Trans-Inclusive School Environments

This event is an opportunity to examine the issues faced by trans young people when attending school and explore innovative solutions to making school environments trans-inclusive.

Ensuring trans young people are safe, supported, and included in your school

School life can be difficult for many trans pupils. More than half experience bullying, while two in five trans young people have attempted to take their own lives. The majority feel that they have no adult to talk to at school or at home.

Scottish schools are increasingly taking measures to ensure that their school is a welcoming, safe place for young people who are trans, or who simply do not conform to ‘standard’ gender stereotypes. Proponents argue that doing so creates a more inclusive and understanding environment that has benefits for all pupils. Indeed, Curriculum for Excellence enshrines the need for school environments to be places where children and young people 'feel happy, safe, respected and included'. For transgender young people, this means creating schools where transgender identities are positively included, and where they can feel confident in speaking to school staff. 

Join us as we examine how to best support students and create learning environments that are truly inclusive of trans people.

Why come to this event?

  • Hear from outstanding experts and policymakers involved in education and equalities 
  • Your chance to question the people that matter
  • Join the conversation in an interactive roundtable discussion
  • Network with other people involved in education and equalities, and share innovative approaches to creating inclusive school environments

Who should attend? 

  • Head teachers and deputy heads
  • All other teachers
  • Third sector equalities organisations 
  • Local Authority education professionals
  • Elected representatives with an interest in education and equalities 
  • Academics interested in education and equalities 
  • Other professionals interested in education and equalities 


9.45 Registration and Refreshments 

10.25 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair 

10.30 Session 1: Supporting Transgender Young People

  • Changing name, gender, and pronouns
  • Responding to young people coming out
  • Working with parents, carers, and families 

10.30 LGBT Youth Scotland  

11.20 Q&A

11.30 Refreshments and Networking 

11.45 Session 2: Trans-Inclusion in Context & Overcoming Barriers

  • The Scottish Government's consultation, 'Review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004'
  • Anti-bullying policies that specify transphobic bullying and/or gender identity
  • The role of teachers in educating young people about transgender identities

11.45 Expert speaker

12.15 Expert speaker

12.45 Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Green Party 

13.15 Q&A

13.25 Lunch and Networking 

14.15 Session 3: Approaches to Creating Trans-Inclusive Environments 

  • Putting the wishes of trans young people first
  • Disclosing information
  • The physical setting: unisex toilets as standard
  • Incorporating other pupils

14.15 Interactive roundtable session

Delegates will lead the discussion to identify the key challenges you experience in creating inclusive school environments. 

14.45 Expert speaker

15.15 Q&A 

15.25 Closing Remarks from the Chair 

15.30 Close of Event 

*The agenda is subject to change 

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 2 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.




Central Edinburgh, to be confirmed in due course.


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VATpp (Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

19 June 2019
Central Edinburgh
United Kingdom



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