Schools are classifying children as young as four as ‘transgender’ simply because they want to dress up as the opposite sex.
Young boys who like wearing dresses are being encouraged to express themselves in a ‘gender-neutral environment’ in the classroom.
While most parents may query how any school can make such a statement about a child so young, Ofsted is in no doubt.
The education watchdog showered praise on schools where it said ‘transgender pupils are taken seriously’.
One infants’ school was complimented for its ‘excellent work’ with ‘pupils who are or may be transgender’.
‘The school appreciates that a boy may prefer to be known as a girl and have a girl’s name and similarly a girl may have a girl’s name but wants to dress as and be a boy,’ an Ofsted report said.
The school, where worryingly around a quarter of the pupils in reception class have same-sex parents or close family members in same-sex relationships, also acts as a meeting point for transgender pupils at other schools, hosting them at after-school clubs.
At another primary school for children up to 11, pupils are inspired to conduct themselves in a ‘non-gender stereotypical way’.
Younger boys dress up in girls’ clothes from the dressing-up box and are given consent to wear ribbons in their hair.
The report added: ‘A Year One boy [aged five to six] sometimes wears a tutu all day without comment from his peers.
Pupils are confident to speak about what they like to do, for example boys are happy to say if they prefer cheerleading to football.
‘The school choir and sewing club both include plenty of boys and many girls play football.’
The schools were among nine given appraisal by Ofsted inspectors because they had ‘successfully tackled prejudice-based attitudes and related bullying’.
They received warm commendation in an Ofsted report on methods to tackle bullying in schools.
Ofsted said the schools’ approaches had helped to eradicate name-calling and create an ‘inclusive’ environment in classes.
However, certain features of its report were provoking disturbance.
Arguments rage over when children are old enough to determine whether they are ‘transgender’. Studies indicate the vast majority who believe they are the wrong sex will change their minds when they reach their teens.
In a series of proposals to combat bullying, Ofsted called on schools to clamp down on the use of insulting language by pupils such as ‘mong’, ‘spazzer’, ‘batty man’, ‘lez’ and ‘trannie’.
Name-calling in schools was too often dismissed by teachers as childish teasing, inspectors said.
‘Many pupils were well aware that such language was not acceptable, but it was often seen as “banter”,’ the report said.
‘In contrast, staff were not always aware of the extent of its use, or they saw it as banter, so did not challenge it.
‘For a few pupils even racist terms were seen as acceptable “between friends”.’
The report added: ‘Few schools had a clear stance on the use of language or the boundaries between banter and behaviour that makes people feel threatened or hurt.’
Personal, social and health education lessons should teach pupils ‘systematically...about all aspects of individual difference and diversity, including those related to appearance, religion, race, gender, sexuality, disability and ability’.
Alarmingly the report continues and said schools should also consider weaving teaching about diversity into all lessons, for example by studying the cross-dressing artist Grayson Perry in art lessons!
Susan Gregory, Ofsted director of education and care, said: ‘Schools must develop a positive culture so all pupils learn in a happy and safe environment.
‘Teachers should receive the right training and support so they have the skills and confidence to teach pupils about diversity and the effects of bullying.’