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Judge refuses permission for judicial review for Christian teacher who alleges she was fired for showing concern over pupil's gender transition

by Tola Mbakwe

A judge has refused the Christian primary school teacher to launch a judicial review, after she alleged she was sacked for raising safeguarding concerns about a pupil going through a gender transition.

The teacher, who can't be named for legal reasons but is using the name Hannah, pursued a judicial review at a permission hearing at the Birmingham Civil and Family Justice Centre against the local authority and governing body of a school. 

The Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting the teacher, said the school told her that she had "no choice" but to affirm the child through gender transition or face the consequences. She argued that the school's "transgender affirming" policies could harm children.

However, a judge turned down the legal request on Monday, saying the court "will not engage with any of the advantages or disadvantages of any education policy".

Mrs Justice Farbey added that she was not persuaded that a teacher has standing to bring judicial review proceedings, and that the general "public is divided on the issue of transgenderism in schools and there is no consensus on the approach". 

Hannah will appeal this ruling and also intends to appeal her sacking by the school next month. 
Following the ruling she said : "Injustice has not been done against me but against all the children in our schools. 

"How else am I meant to raise the danger of the trans affirming policies in our schools which are doing such damage? The role of the authorities is to protect. How can we hold them to account when they don't have to justify their harmful actions? 

"This is not the end of my case. I was given a choice - go against your conscience and do what you believe would cause a vulnerable child long term damage, or face losing your career.

"I could not, based on scientific evidence, my Christian beliefs, and the heart-breaking stories of detransitioners, knowingly participate in harming a child.

"It is because I care so much about children that I am taking this action. This isn't about me proving that I am right, but about the safety of a seriously distressed child.

Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said:  "If ever there were a matter of public law consideration it is the momentous issues in this case. They go to the heart of how we look after primary aged gender confused children in our state schools". 

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