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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas of classroom resources, podcasts, must-follows on twitter etc. We know there’s loads we can house here!