Government to face judicial review over school gender identity policies

Nigel and Sally Rowe(Photo: Christian Legal Center)

A legal challenge against affirming transgender policies in English primary schools is progressing after a High Court judge allowed a judicial review.

Christian parents Nigel Rowe, 48, and his wife Sally, 47, are taking the Department for Education (DfE) to court after they withdrew their children from a Church of England primary school because of his policies.

The couple say they were told their children could be called “transphobic” if they didn’t accept the chosen gender or preferred pronouns of trans students.

They turned to the DfE to intervene in school policy but were told the issue ‘does not constitute education’.

Lord Justice Lane said the decision should be reconsidered as arguably transgender issues in schools are a matter of education and therefore the responsibility of the state.

The hearing is expected to take place within the next three months.

The leave for judicial review comes after a four-year battle by the Rowes to have their case heard.

“Many try to shed some light on this problem by suggesting that it’s just boys in disguise,” they said.

“This case concerns a dangerous ideology which is now firmly entrenched in schools, local authorities and Church of England leaders, and which is causing serious long-term harm to thousands of children.

“Six-year-olds need to be reminded to brush their teeth, let alone decide if they’re a boy or a girl.

“It is therefore immoral to think that they can make such life-changing decisions at such a young age. As a society, we are called to protect children, and these guidelines and the culture they embed in the elementary schools realize the opposite.”

The couple is supported by the Christian Legal Center.

Its chief executive, Andrea Williams, said it was a “crucial case” for parents and primary school children across the country.

“This case goes to the heart of what education is and how primary school children should be protected from harmful and unscientific transgender ideologies in all areas of education,” she said. .

“Nigel and Sally Rowe were the first parents to take a courageous stand against trans ideology in our schools.

“They exposed the confusion and untruths entrenched in elementary schools that have since blossomed into a public health crisis.”