Opening Doors: A guide to good practice in countering gender stereotyping in schools

Based on discussions and observations from ten schools in England, we give examples of barriers that schools face, case studies and examples of good practice.

Opening Doors

Opening Doors: A guide to good practice in countering gender stereotyping in schools

This project was co-funded by the Institute of Physics and Government Equalities Office. The guide highlights issues that many schools deal with on a daily basis and presents suggestions for schools facing similar barriers, including nine essential features of a school that is actively addressing gender equity.

Main points include:

  • Appointing gender champions in school leadership teams
  • Ensuring that sexist language is as unacceptable as racist and homophobic language
  • Presenting all subjects equally to students in terms of relative difficulty.
  • Making students aware of the issues that are at the heart of any campaign to counter gender stereotyping
  • Using existing subjects and advice channels, for example, mentors, PSHE or careers advisors as avenues for overcoming gender biases.

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