Resource Library

 

A collection of resources, reports and guidance to help inspire and inform your own Gender Action projects.


 

Reports

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

Institute of Physics

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.

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.

 
 

 
 
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DRAWING THE FUTURE: Exploring the career aspirations of primary school children from around the world

Education and Employers, Tes, UCL Institute of Education, the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Education and Skills (OECD)

This international survey offers an opportunity to explore who primary-age children ideally want to become, and what shapes (and often limits) their career aspirations and dreams for the future. 

These studies have emphasised that children’s aspirations are often shaped, moulded and restricted by gender stereotyping, socio-economic background and, importantly, who they know. These factors can, and do, go on to influence the academic effort children exert in certain lessons, the subjects they choose to study and the jobs they end up pursuing.

 
 

"It's just everywhere": A study on sexism in schools - and how we tackle it

National Education Union and UK Feminista

The title of this report - “It’s just everywhere” - are the words of a girl who was asked about her experiences of sexism at school as part of this study.

 
 

Gender stereotypes and their effects on young people

Institute of Physics

What are gender stereotypes?

A gender stereotype is a widely held belief or generalisation about the behaviours and characteristics attributed to women and men. Females are often portrayed as being emotional, caring and in need of protection. Males are often characterised as being rational, career driven and strong. These assumptions can be negative (e.g. women are irrational, men are insensitive) or seemingly benign (e.g. women are nurturing, men are leaders). However, all stereotyping can be limiting.

 
 

Gender Stereotypes: an introduction for practitioners in schools and early learning centres

Institute of Physics, Skills Development Scotland and Education Scotland

This guide provides a brief introduction to gender stereotypes and their impact through unconscious bias and stereotype threat. It should be read in conjunction with the accompanying action guides, which provide practical steps for practitioners to address these issues in the early years, primary and secondary schools.

 
 

 
 
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Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2018

Girlguiding UK

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Girls’ Attitudes Survey. For a decade, Girlguiding has asked girls and young women aged 7 to 21, within and outside Girlguiding, about their views on subjects ranging from education to their personal safety and wellbeing.

 
 

Improving Gender Balance: reflections on the impact of interventions in schools

Institute of Physics

For more than 30 years only a fifth of those taking A-level physics have been girls. Over that period every effort to increase uptake has failed to have a breakthrough national impact. This guide details pilot projects that have broken through in partner schools.

 
 

Breaking the Mould: challenging gender stereotypes

National Education Union

The NUT worked for two years with five primary schools to consider how ‘traditional’ gender stereotypes could be challenged in nursery and primary classrooms. They published a series of resources, which are available here.

 
 

The Good Childhood Report 2018

The Children’s Society

Children are struggling with their identity and alarming numbers are self-harming.

Pressure to fit in is making children unhappy – from how they look, to their sexuality, to how boys and girls must behave. Twice as many girls are self-harming as boys, and almost half of children attracted to the same or both genders self-harm.

 
 

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Gender Stereotypes in Early Childhood: A Literature Review

This report includes an initial sweep of a diverse body of literature; a review of research that exists relating to learning gender, education in early childhood, parenting, and retail; and evidence relating to the effects of gender stereotyping


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Gender and Education – Mythbusters 

This resource is designed for use by educators from all phases and stages of schooling. Its purpose is to identify and dispel some of the current and unhelpful myths about gender and education and to counter them with an evidence-based rationale. It could be used in a variety of ways and contexts but it might be most productively used as a vehicle for opening up dialogue about gender issues in education with teachers and other school staff, trainees and pupils.


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Challenging gender stereotypes in the early years: the power of parents

This report focuses on the potential for parents of young children to challenge restrictive gender stereotypes and roles, a key driver of violence against women. Parents of young children can play a powerful role in helping to drive the generational cultural change required to see an end to violence against women.


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Improving Gender Balance: Literature Review

The Improving Gender Balance and Equalities programme is a research-informed programme. The aim of this literature review is to provide an overview of relevant theory and research in this area, with points for professional discussion and ideas for practice. To ensure the original authors’ voices are reflected as accurately as possible, paraphrasing has been kept to a minimum. This review focuses on three areas: 1) evidence of sex differences in education; 2) the influence of gender stereotypes and unconscious bias; 3) implications for practice.


 

Activities + Resources

 

Gender Respect Project 2013-2016

The Development Education Centre South Yorkshire (DECSY)

Aiming to help children and young people to understand, question and challenge gender inequality and violence.


#TalkingGender Campaign resources

Zero Tolerance

Are you ready to be #TalkingGender?

Zero Tolerance is launching a myth buster blog series packed with facts and lines of arguments to combat common misconceptions and myths, and answer tricky questions.


Towards a Pedagogy of the PowerfuL

Institute of Development Studies

Development organisations have learnt to talk the talk on ‘gender’. But in many if not most organisations male privilege and patriarchal attitudes and behaviour persist. This article explores techniques that can be used to make visible some of the dynamics of gendered power in organisations, as part of strategies for changing the scene in the everyday work settings in which these dynamics create obstacles.


Getting Started: Celebrating difference and challenging gender stereotypes in the early years foundation stage

Stonewall

This guide looks at practical ways to look at difference in an early years setting, including staff, children and families.


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Improving Gender Balance Case Studies: Countering gender stereotypes in schools and early years education

Institute of Physics, Skills Development Scotland and Education Scotland    

A series of case studies which describes specific, tangible actions that practitioners have developed to tackle gender stereotyping and its impacts in schools and early learning and childcare centres (ELCs).


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Colour-in posters

These posters talks about diversity, refugees, women in science, gender, climate change, tolerance, the scientific method, autism, consent, equality.


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Gender-responsive pedagogy for early childhood education toolkit

The GRP4ECE toolkit empowers preschool teachers and school leaders to challenge gender stereotypes where they can do the most harm, but where they can also be challenged most effectively: the classroom. An environment free of stereotypes lays a firm foundation for young children to grow up freely exploring and developing their unique interests and talents.


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Gender equal play in early learning and childcare

This resource has been developed for early years educators and it will also be helpful for parents, and anyone working with young children. It explains the importance of challenging gender stereotyping in the early years and provides ideas and examples of existing practice from across Scotland.


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Becoming by Michelle Obama:  Teacher Resource Pack KS3-5 Supporting literacy and PSHE Education

A free teaching resource inspired by Michelle Obama’s bestselling memoir, Becoming, to boost secondary students’ literacy skills, leadership abilities and confidence.

Building on the central themes of empowerment through education and the important role of self-belief in achieving your potential in Becoming, the resource features a range of activities designed to give students in Key Stages 3-5 new opportunities to use and develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.


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Resources for parents – books, TV and films

A list of books, TV and films recommended by parents and teachers that combat gender stereotypes.


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The Mars Generation Colouring Book

“Color Me Mars Generation” is a delightful and creative coloring book that is not just full of fun pages to color, but is also a fun space story that stars our founder Astronaut Abby with the fictional character Jess. Moreover, it features many stories of amazing women who have made history in space and STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts, math).


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A Young People’s Guide to Making Positive Relationships Matter

Developed with young people, for young people, this is an online guide with equality, diversity, children’s rights and social justice at its heart.

This guide is all about supporting the rights of young people to speak out about and change things that matter to them, and connecting you to the creative ways young people in Wales and beyond are challenging gender-based and sexual violence.


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Gender issues in school – What works to improve achievement for boys and girls

This resource provides guidance for senior leaders and teachers in schools who are seeking to improve boys’ and girls’ achievement, particularly in English and literacy. 

It is to be seen as a companion piece to the ‘Mythbusters’ resource below – a document which dispels some of the current and unhelpful myths about gender and education.


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UK Feminista School Resource Hub

Sexism in schools is commonplace – but it is not inevitable.

These resources are designed to help you tackle sexism in schools.

There are resources for teachers, students and parents.


Top Tips

Ten ways to challenge gender stereotypes in the classroom

Let Toys Be Toys

Stereotyped ideas about what’s suitable for boys or girls can limit children’s opportunities to learn and develop. Here are ten things teachers can do to help create an environment which encourages children to think of themselves as individuals, rather than editing their choices through a gender filter.


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Raising children without gender stereotypes poster

Let Toys Be Toys

  1. Empower your child to value and respect their own body and other people’s

  2. Seek out good male and female role models in your life and theirs

  3. Give them all the options for toys, clothes and colours…

View all 20 steps on this downloadable PDF poster:


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#TalkingGender Campaign resources

Zero Tolerance

Are you ready to be #TalkingGender?

Zero Tolerance is launching a myth buster blog series packed with facts and lines of arguments to combat common misconceptions and myths, and answer tricky questions.


Audio + Video

 
 

What you need to know about gender and education podcast

Times Educational Supplement

Schools play a significant role in establishing and propagating gender norms, which can have a very negative impact on both genders, says Vanita Sundaram.

 
 

Tender Education and Arts, Playing Fair primary school audio resource

Tender

Based on recommendations from teachers and safeguarding leads, Playing Fair consists of five short audio plays, each focused on a different topic pertaining to healthy relationships, and accompanied by educational, arts-based activities to further explore the themes of each episode. By encouraging children to engage in active listening and discussion, this resource aims to not only further their knowledge and understanding, but also support the development of core life skills such as empathy, resilience, and respect for themselves and others. To get this resource pack contact: emily@tender.org.uk 


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Improving gender balance 3-18

Links to research and resources including classroom resources and Youtube videos to help practitioners identify and tackle issues of gender stereotyping in their classrooms and schools. 


Books

Gender Equality in Primary Schools book

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

This is a great handbook for implementing a gender equality approach in all areas of primary school life. Full of lesson plans, case studies and action points, it presents the latest theory in a clear, accessible way. A perfect guide for teachers and other staff to create a nurturing environment that fully recognises gender equality.

 
 

Posters

STEM Role Models Posters 

Nevertheless Podcast

Beautiful posters of women in STEM that you can download for free. Also available in 8 different languages


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Colour-in posters

These posters talks about diversity, refugees, women in science, gender, climate change, tolerance, the scientific method, autism, consent, equality.


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Raising children without gender stereotypes poster

Let Toys Be Toys

  1. Empower your child to value and respect their own body and other people’s

  2. Seek out good male and female role models in your life and theirs

  3. Give them all the options for toys, clothes and colours…

View all 20 steps on this downloadable PDF poster: