New school rules are on the way to help transgender pupils in areas such as uniforms and the use of changing rooms.
The position of children in single-sex schools who undergo a gender change – as they now may do from the age of 16 – was also a key talking point in discussions that opened yesterday in the Department of Education.
Some schools are already struggling to know how to handle the issue, which has come into sharper focus following the passage of recent gender recognition legislation.
There are no official figures for the percentage of the Irish population that is transgender, but internationally it is put at about 1pc, which in an average 600-pupil second-level school would amount to six students.
Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan organised the meeting, attended by education partners such as teacher unions and school managers, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) support groups and other organisations.