More Alike Than Different

Megan Perryman is a teacher in Hackney with a background in managing projects for the public and not-for-profit sectors. She is a co-founder of Let Toys Be Toys, a campaign group that challenges gender stereotypes in childhood. Since the campaign began, fifteen major UK retailers have stopped signposting toys specifically for boys or girls and eleven children’s publishers have agreed to stop marketing books explicitly to boys or girls.

An afternoon lesson in Year One and we’re acting out Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I invite the children, one row at a time, to stand at the front of the class and act out each section of the story…

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Check out our Twitter!

If you like Gender Action content, following us on Twitter is the most effective way to stay up to date. Our Twitter is also a great place to find other people and organisations interested in challenging gender stereotypes.

We post every weekday and as well as engaging with current news and our followers, we also post some content regularly.

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Georgina Phillips
Come along to our Initiator Workshop

This event will be held on Thursday 9 May from 1630-1830 at the Institute of Physics, 37 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9BU.

This session gives you the opportunity to discuss and improve your Initiator plans, before the 2019 deadline on Friday 24 May.

You will be able to meet with the Gender Action team who will be assessing the plans, as well as Helen Griffin from the Development Education Centre South Yorkshire (DECSY), author of Gender Equality in Primary Schools: A Guide for Teachers.

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Georgina Phillips
Challenging your own practice

At Rye Oak, our journey began by examining our role as practitioners in either challenging or reinforcing gender stereotypes.  In the initial stage, we unpicked our training and the ‘assumptions’ that had become 'fact' in our daily practice. We shared stories we had heard over the years, particularly around boys and writing, which reinforced the assumption of innate biological differences between boys and girls.  These stories included hearing that…

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AdviceGlyn Hawke
Lessons learnt from the Gender Action Launch Event

I can’t believe it has been nearly two months since we launched Gender Action with teachers at City Hall. The event was exciting, not only as we got to hear from Professor Becky Francis, and educators and activists on our panel and leading our workshops, but also because we had such quality conversations with teachers and practitioners, from nurseries up to colleges. This was an enriching experience, and confirmed the need for Gender Action…

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Feeling 10% braver with #WomenEd

Gender Action were kindly invited to #WomenEd’s unconference at Regent High School in London., the day after International Women’s Day 2019. Vivienne Porritt, National Lead for #WomenEd spoke at our launch event in February and we were excited to attend a#WomenEd event in return. There were over 300 educators present as well as a series of facilitators conducting workshops throughout the day.

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Georgina Phillips
Gendered Language in Schools

We were delighted to run a workshop for primary school teachers at the Gender Action launch event last month, addressing gendered language in schools, why it matters and strategies for dealing with it.  We chose to address language as language runs through the heart of children’s learning about the world and – intended or otherwise – conveys profound and lasting messages to children about how they should look and behave, what they should aspire to, what and who they should play with. 

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AdviceCaren Gestetner
Win your school a session with a stereotype-smashing author!

We are thrilled to announce an exciting prize draw for Supporter schools who teach Key Stage 2, thanks to educational publishers, Collins. If you have registered as a Supporter and submit you Initiator plan by Friday 29 March 2019, your school can be entered into a prize draw to win a visit from Lisa Rajan, author of the Tara Binns books. This new series, within whole-school reading programme Collins Big Cat, explores STEM careers with a female protagonist.

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NewsGeorgina Phillips
Assessing the Problem

A couple of weeks ago, my colleague Esther Mander and I delivered a session as part of the Gender Action launch in London.  It was fantastic to meet teachers who are so passionate and committed to achieving gender equality for young people.

In our session, we focused on how to start approaching gender imbalance in schools through using data.  Although this session was originally designed for secondary school staff, there were some key messages which were useful for early years and primary staff which I thought I would share with you through this blog post.

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AdviceSarah Cosgriff
Gender Action Teacher Launch Event Overview

On Saturday 9 February, Gender Action successfully launched its programme with teachers at City Hall.

The launch event opened with a keynote from the Director of UCL Institute of Education, Professor Becky Francis, who spoke about her extensive research in the field of gender and education. She highlighted the importance of considering intersectionality when trying to tackle gender stereotypes – considering how issues of gender intersect with issues around other forms of identity such as race, class and religion.

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Events, NewsGeorgina Phillips
Join us at the Gender Action Launch Event

We’re gearing up for our launch on Saturday and can’t wait to welcome 150 brilliant London educators to City Hall. The day will begin with a keynote from Professor Becky Francis, Director of the UCL Institute of Education.

The day will cover issues such as

- What effect do gender stereotypes and biases have on outcomes for young people?

- What can be done in different areas of nursery/school life?

- How can you understand where to start, and how to measure impact?

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Events, NewsBeth Bramley
Resources page now live

We now have a page which collects together reports, resources, data, and ideas. We want to grow this page so it’s a go-to for those working to tackle gender stereotyping in education. So be in touch with us @_Gender_Action or info@genderaction.co.uk with ideas of classroom resources, podcasts, must-follows on twitter etc. We know there’s loads we can house here!

https://www.genderaction.co.uk/online-resources/

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Advice, NewsBeth Bramley
Gender Action launches at Equal Play event

The capital will lead the way in championing gender equality in schools by funding a new Gender Action award. Developed by the Institute of Physics (IOP), King’s College London (KCL), UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and University Council of Modern Languages (UCML), the Gender Action award encourages the entire school to unite to challenge gender stereotypes by putting gender equality at the heart of all aspects of school life.

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Events, NewsBeth Bramley