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Today’s talking point

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ST Paul’s Girls’ School in London is ditching the title Head Girl because it is ‘too binary’. From September the role will be called Head of School

According to the Times, about seven out of 778 pupils at the school identify as non-binary, requesting to be referred to as ‘they’ or ‘them’.

Two months ago a webinar was hosted for the school’s staff by deputy head Helen Semple in her capacity as founder of the Schools Inclusion Alliance, which aims to ‘put inclusion at the heart of every school’. Guest speaker Emma Cusdin, founder of Global Butterflies, spoke about her own transition from male to female. She told staff:  ‘The LGBTQI world is an amazing rainbow of positivity and labels. We love labels. We love terminology, we love flags, we love parties.

‘Young people are finding amazing ways to self-identify. At the last count, we stopped counting at 150 gender identities that people are self-identifying.’

We wonder if parents are happy to pay fees of £26,000 a year for their daughters to be taught that it is not good enough to be seen as girls.

Feel free to discuss this or anything else on your mind.

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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