The award programme will be structured to support you to put in place systems, structures and behaviours.


Gender Action schools:

  • Take action against gender stereotyping, putting young people at the heart of behaviour change.

  • Are part of a community of forward-thinking schools, colleges and nurseries keen to demonstrate they understand the negative effects gender stereotyping can have. 

  • Use data and evidence to to make decisions, track impact, and focus activity.

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  • The schools award focuses activity in varying areas of school life for individuals and groups to work on to make lasting and positive changes to structures and mindsets.

  • Schools will work on projects designed around behavioural asks, providing recognition for actions that have been proven to drive gender equality.

  • Schools have the flexibility to determine what that project looks like so that it works for their institution, school development plan and the circumstances of their school body.



Tiered recognition levels provide schools with a tool to measure progress whilst putting in place systems, structures and behaviours that allow students to be truly able to make choices free from gender stereotypical lines.

Schools can work towards recognition as a:


Start your school’s journey

Pledge your commitment here, and then use the template in your confirmation email to secure senior leadership’s written commitment to participate in the award programme. Send this back to us and you’ll be issued with a Gender Action: Supporter logo.

Please note, only schools in London will be able to have their evidence for Gender Action: Initiator and Gender Action: Champion assessed in 2019 (thanks to support from the Mayor of London), but this will not stop schools outside London from commencing work on projects to count towards Gender Action: Initiator etc. As soon as the award programme is rolled out nationally all evidence will be assessed, and awards issued as appropriate.



Champion areas

  • Personal Practice: Supporting staff to reflect

  • Student voice: Putting children and young people at the heart of change

  • Curriculum and learning

  • Progression, choices, and jobs

  • Internal and external communications

  • Engagement with parents, carers and the wider school community


There are no costs associated with becoming a Gender Action school and to access the guidance and documents.