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How can schools and teachers best respond to the growing number of students identifying as transgender? What reasonable steps should be taken to fulfil a school’s duty of care to transgender students, and what are its obligations under discrimination and privacy laws.
David Ford, renowned education lawyer and partner at Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers, will take us through these issues step by step, including international discrimination legislation from New Zealand, South Africa and the UK.
David Ford has advised educational institutions throughout Australia for over 30 years. He has presented at conferences in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Belgium, the Czech Republic, New Zealand and throughout Australia, and published numerous papers on topics as varied as enrolment procedures and conditions; student rights; teachers’ liability; investigations; risk management; teachers, school counsellors and confidentiality; bullying (including cyber bullying); outdoor education; sport; multiculturalism in education; disability, sex, sexuality and gender identity discrimination; discipline; and child protection.