Priory School in Lewes, has introduced a policy to enforce the same uniform for all students, to make transgenders feel welcome, Skynews reported.
Headteacher Tony Smith told the local press that: “Specifically, it addresses the current issues of inequality and decency.
“Another issue was that we have a small but increasing number of transgender students and therefore having the same uniform is important for them.”
Teachers hope it will make things “fairer for transgender pupils” in response to an increase in the number of such students. But the media did not report on the number of transgenders at the school.
According to the school’s website, the new uniform “has been designed specifically in response to the many issues and suggestions raised by parents, students and school staff”, including why boys have to wear ties while girls do not.
Boys wear grey trousers, a white shirt, navy knitwear and a blue and silver tie, while girls do have to wear a tie.
A local mother however told the local newspaper: “My daughter said she has got a gender and it’s female, so being gender neutral when she has got a gender is a big deal for her, as she is proud to be a girl.”
But the new rules will be “eliminate complaints over the decency of short skirts” the headmaster said.
In April this year, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) said children as young as two should be taught about transgender issues.
Delegates at the NUT’s annual conference in Cardiff called on its members to promote LGBT+ issues in nursery school so sex and relationship education (SRE) could become “inclusive”. NUT claimed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students “are told explicitly in the law that their lives are important too”.
Schools have already introduced both gender-neutral uniforms, including Brighton College in the private sector and roughly 80 state schools, The Telegraph reported earlier.
Single-sex private schools have also been told to remove the use of terms like “girls”, “young women” or “young ladies”.
Heads and teaching staff at boarding schools will have to use the new pronoun, “Zie”, in case they offend any trans students, in accordance with their obligations under the Equality Act 2010 by which gender identity and “reassignment” is one of so-called protected characteristics.