Supporting transgender and gender questioning
children and young people in East Sussex schools and colleges
Ideally schools would provide single stall toilets that can be used by all. Some schools have already begun to use this system with success. If need be, a member of staff or designated pupils or students can be allocated as ‘toilet monitor’ during break times to ensure that pupils and students feel safe while using the facilities. Some cisgendered females, however, have expressed concerns about these toilets and the fact others might know they have their periods because of time spent in the toilet – there may be a case for also exploring how this range of needs can be met.
7.6 Changing rooms
Any pupil or student who has a need or desire for increased privacy, regardless of the underlying reason, should be provided with a reasonable alternative changing area, such as the use of a private area (eg a nearby toilet stall with a door, an area separated by a curtain, or a nearby office), or with a separate time to change (e.g. using the changing room that corresponds to their gender identity before or after other students). Any alternative arrangement should be provided in a way that protects the pupil or student’s ability to keep his or her trans* status confidential.