Resource Library

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

 
 
 
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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.

 
 

 
 

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.

 
 

"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 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.

 
 

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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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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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.

 
 

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.

 
 

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.

 
 

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.


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).


STEM Role Models Posters 

Nevertheless Podcast

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

 
 

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