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IOP offers training for Gender Champions as it extends programme in schools

18 December 2017

IOP is extending its Whole School Equality Programme to train Gender Champions chosen by schools on a free two-day residential course, thanks to funding received this autumn from the government.

IOP offers training for Gender Champions as it extends programme in schools

IOP has received money to extend the programme, with the project now offering two courses, one on 19–20 January and one on 9–10 February, to equip Gender Champions with practical strategies for improving gender balance and effecting change in their schools.

The courses will enable Gender Champions to discuss best practice, share ideas and take part in sessions covering topics such as Putting the Top Ten Tips for Inclusive Teaching into Practice, and Extending the Understanding of Gender: Beyond the Binary. The courses, at Stoke Rochford Hall in Grantham, will be led by Gender Balance Officers employed by the programme, and eligible schools can nominate a permanent member of staff to take part in one of the two courses.

The programme is also offering funding for a single session of whole-school CPD on unconscious bias and gender equality to schools that have not already benefited from gender-related support from IOP. Schools can choose which provider will deliver the session, and the programme is offering a list of recommended providers.

The CPD and two-day course are being offered as a package along with the opportunity for schools to apply for funding to support networking events on gender, enabling their Gender Champion to reach out beyond their school.

Sara Boiten, IOP Gender Champion Training Officer, said IOP’s whole-school approach to tackling gender bias was praised by one of the speakers at the launch on 12 December of the Sexism in Schools report by the National Education Union and UK Feminista.

IOP has issued several reports showing how gender bias and related issues affect girls’ and boys’ subject choices, the particular effects on girls’ uptake of physics, and strategies for improving gender balance in physics.

The deadline for applying for the first workshop is 5 January. For further information, email