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Girls can still be called girls.

Girls can still be called girls.

The head of a group of leading girls' schools has hit back at the “don’t call girls girls” instruction, as she says teachers should “celebrate women”.

Cheryl Giovannoni, chief executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), said that the debate about what to call female pupils “misses the point”, adding that there are much “bigger issues” at stake.

She said that teachers should not attempt to “wrap girls in cotton wool”, adding that they will “call you out” if you are “hiding” from the fundamental problems.

Earlier this week, Natasha Devon, the Government’s former mental health tsar, said that teachers should not refer to pupils as "girls" or "ladies" because it means they are “constantly reminded of their gender”.

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