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New guidance for CofE schools says play is ‘sacred space’ for imagination
Monday, November 13, 2017 – 10:02am
Boys should be allowed to dress up in tiaras and heels and girls should be allowed to wear tool belts and superhero capes without judgement, according to new Church of England guidance for schools.
Children are “in a ‘trying on’ stage of life”, the updated advice tells teachers and childhood should be a “sacred space for creative self imagining”, particularly in primary school.
“Pupils need to be able to play with the many cloaks of identity (sometimes quite literally with the dressing-up box). Children should be at liberty to explore the possibilities of who they might be without judgement or derision.
“For example, a child may choose the tutu, princess’s tiara and heels and/or the fireman’s helmet, toolbelt and superhero cloak without expectation or comment.”
The report, entitled Valuing All God’s Children, contains the Church’s official guidelines for teachers overseeing the pastoral care of the approximately one million pupils in its 4,700 schools.
School staff should “avoid labels and assumptions which deem children’s behaviour irregular, abnormal or problematic” when it comes to gender, the guidance says.
“The letter also told the schools that they must no longer separate uniforms into ‘boys’ and ‘girls’,” says the Daily …read more
Source:: The Week – All news