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A charity has urged teachers to ditch all gendered language and uniforms and instead say pupils should be called learners.

LGBT organisation Stonewall says schools should drop the terms 'boys' and 'girls' for 'learners' and teach kids to use to use 'they' instead of gendered pronouns, 'he' and 'she'.

The charity also suggests children should compete against the opposite sex in sport.

A series of guidance documents says uniform policies should "give the option to wear a skirt as well as the option to wear trousers".

Stonewall, which one of its guides says is funded by the Government Equalities Office, advises school staff that they should: “Avoid dividing learners by gender, whether in the classroom – you could divide them by their favourite colour, month of birth or something else – or through uniform, sports activities or other aspects of school life.”

Pupils should be encouraged to use neutral pronouns such as they instead of he or she, the advice says

Another booklet states transgender pupils can use the lavatories, changing rooms and dorms on school trips that they feel most comfortable in, according to the Telegraph.

Private St Paul’s in London, is reportedly among the hundreds of primary and secondary schools that are members.

Champions are then able to apply for a Bronze, Silver or Gold award to show how well they are following the “best practice”.

Those wishing to win an award are directed to a guide which tells them that “it is unnecessary to say 'boys and girls' when referring to learners of all genders, you could instead say 'learners'".

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They are told that they should remove any “unnecessarily gendered language. Instead of using ‘he’/‘she’, you could use ‘they'".

They should also teach primary school children to use “they/them” as a pronoun, it is said.

The charity's advice to educators advises teachers to ditch phrases such as "man up" and "don't be such a girl".

Gendered language should also be avoided when discussing hair, make-up and piercings, it says.

Stonewall says teachers should ditch gendered language

Gendered language should also be avoided when discussing hair, make-up and piercings, it says.

A spokesman for the charity reportedly said it was “very proud of all of our work supporting schools to create supportive and inclusive environments which help everyone feel accepted for who they are”.

They added that they are “confident that the advice that we give schools is robust” and “in line with the Department for Education’s guidance for schools in England, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Equality Act Code of Practice”.

A government Equalities Office spokesperson said: "Six organisations were awarded funding to deliver programmes tackling anti-homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools across the country. The funding was a one-off payment for 2019-20."