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Church Of England Makes Bold Statement About Gender Norms For Children, And We're Cheering

By Mark Pygas

The Church Of England (C of E), the state church of England, has updated its guidance for teachers at schools run by the church, saying that children should not be restricted by their gender when dressing up. The move is a response to a report on how to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying at church schools. 

The new guidance makes 12 recommendations for schools "to prevent pupils from having their self-worth diminished or their ability to achieve impeded by being bullied because of their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity." 

The guidance is important because one in four primary schools, for children between the ages of 5 and 11, and one in 16 secondary schools, for children between 11 and 16, are run by C of E. In all, the schools account for around one million pupils.