Majority of teachers want more guidance on supporting trans pupils, new research finds

by Just Like Us
February 2022

Teacher in a classroom in LGBT+ inclusive lesson

The majority (55%) of teachers in England have at least one pupil who has come out as transgender and 78% say they would like more help with how to support them, new independent research by charity Just Like Us has found.

Nine in 10 (87%) secondary school teachers and one in four (23%) primary school teachers have at least one pupil who has come out as transgender, the new survey of 6,394 teachers by Just Like Us – the LGBT+ young people’s charity – has found.

Eight in 10 (78%) teachers, including 80% of secondary school teachers and 77% of primary school teachers, say they would like more help and guidance in supporting their transgender pupils.

The independent research of 6,394 primary and secondary school teachers across England was commissioned by Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity, which provides free educational resources, training and helps secondary schools set up Pride Groups so LGBT+ and ally pupils can get support.

Dominic Arnall, Chief Executive of Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity, says: “Trans young people across the country are in schools with teachers who are crying out for the right resources to support them. 

“While we understand some might feel nervous about this there is really no reason to be. You don’t need to be an expert in gender to support trans young people. Just Like Us is here to help schools become more LGBT+ inclusive and may be able to help, and there are a range of trans-led organisations that are also on hand to provide advice and guidance.

“With a small but vocal minority of anti-trans individuals, it’s often a tough and terrifying time for young people growing up trans, so it’s very encouraging to see that the majority of their teachers want to support their pupils to be themselves and feel safe while learning, and we will do everything we can to help them with that journey.”

Teachers can get help and guidance with supporting their trans pupils from Just Like Us – get in touch or access free resources by signing up for School Diversity Week.