Church of England defends ‘boys in tutus’ guidance as it says Christians have a duty to be welcoming

In a blog posted online Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer at the Church of England, said it was “incumbent on us as Christians to act to create welcoming schools where all pupils are honoured and respected members of their community.”

The Church has come under fire after it released advice for teachers in church schools which said that primary school-age boys and girls should be allowed to dress up in whatever they choose, regardless of their gender, including a “tutu, princess’s tiara and heels and/or the fireman’s helmet, tool belt and superhero cloak”.