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Invitation to participate in focus groups with the Equality and Human Rights Commission

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is currently developing new guidance to support schools in England and Wales in understanding the requirements of the Equalities Act 2010 in relation to pupils with the protected characteristic of gender reassignment (often referred to as trans pupils).

The EHRC guidance intends to provide practical advice for schools on how to apply anti-discrimination law, along with examples to help schools understand their legal obligations and support all their pupils.

To ensure the guidance is as useful as possible for school leaders, the EHRC has invited NAHT members to participate in a series of focus groups to review and provide feedback on the draft advice.

Your views will be used to help the EHRC offer consistent, clear and effective guidance that makes sense for teachers and school leaders. The EHRC is particularly interested in hearing:

  • Whether or not the examples provided of situations that might arise in schools are clear, realistic and helpful (or if any are missing).
  • Whether or not you feel you know more or less about trans equality in schools and your legal responsibilities having seen the draft guidance.

We would encourage members to join a group to add your voice to the review and ensure the guidance is as relevant as possible.


The focus groups will be hosted by the Commission and are open to all members working in both primary and secondary settings across England and Wales. The groups will be hosted in the following locations and dates:

  • Cardiff (Tuesday 7th May) - EHRC, St Agnes Rd, Gabalfa, Cardiff CF14 4YJ
    • Primary Schools: 9.30 to 11.30am
    • Secondary Schools: 1.30 to 3.30pm,.
  • Manchester (Wednesday 8th May) - EHRC, Arndale House, Arndale Centre, Manchester M4 3AQ
    • Primary Schools: 9.30 to 11.30am
    • Secondary Schools: 1.30 to 3.30pm
  • London (Thursday 9th May) - St Luke’s Community Centre, 90 Central Street, London EC1V 8AJ
    • Primary Schools: 9.30 to 11.30am
    • Secondary Schools: 1.30 to 3.30pm

Travel expenses will be covered by the EHRC, subject to receipts.  Reasonable adjustments such as a British Sign Language Interpreter can also be arranged by the EHRC.

If you would like to take part or would like further information on the work, please email Sam Brown at: Further information will be shared ahead of the focus groups but if you have any questions you can contact the EHRC on 02078327882.



Please note that your school name and any identifying information you share with the EHRC will remain confidential. Your responses will be summarised along with other responses and used collectively to help hone the guidance. No names or identifying information will be used when compiling this information. 


About the EHRC

The EHRC is Great Britain’s national equality body and it was set up under the Equality Act 2006 to work towards the elimination of unlawful discrimination and promote equality and human rights. The EHRC also has duties to promote awareness. 

First published 04 April 2019