Transgender Awareness in Schools Training

Date & Time: 15th March 2023 7 p.m- 8:30 p.m.

Location: Zoom-online

Tutor: Daire Dempsey, Transgender Equality Network Ireland


This training aims to give an introduction to transgender identities, experiences and inclusion within the context of the Irish education sector, specifically in primary and post-primary schools.


  • Exploring Gender
  • Language use around gender identity, expression; gender assigned at birth
  • Gender identity development in children
  • Gender vs Sexual Orientation
  • Definitions including cisgender, transgender, intersex, non-binary Transgender Youth
  • Experiences and potential risk factors associated with trans young people
  • Overview of different areas of transition for trans adults
  • Social transition and youth transition Trans inclusion and allyship in the school setting
  • Understanding the school context for trans youth and families
  • Working with individual trans people and with families
  • Transition plans within the school, including telling classmates and other practicalities
  • Bullying
  • Building trans inclusion in at service level
  • Resources – Teaching materials and books for different age groups


Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of this training, participants will: –
  • Understand transgender identities, the importance of names, pronouns and other elements of transition, and correct language use
  • Be aware of broader issues affecting transgender youth in Ireland, and how it impacts on students in an education setting
  • Be empowered to promote transgender inclusion, speak confidently on transgender issues, and interrupt transphobic speech or acts
  • Identify key areas in which to promote trans inclusion within the school, with practical steps for policy, guidelines and implementation