All our supporters have unique reasons for supporting the awards programme:

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The Mayor of London, as part of his #behindeverygreatcity campaign, has helped Gender Action undertake a Phase 1 roll-out with London schools.


Mayor of London

“London is a city of opportunity and young Londoners are the scientists, engineers and designers of the future. The new Gender Action award for schools will support teachers to ensure that no young person in the capital is held back by gender stereotypes and show that London in leading the way in gender equality.”

Joanne McCartney, Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare



Launched in 2012, Let Toys Be Toys’ original aim was for the toy and publishing industries to stop limiting children’s interests by promoting some toys and books as only suitable for girls, and others only for boys. The campaign continues to challenge gender stereotypes in childhood, and offers resources for parents, schools and early years. 


Let Toys Be Toys

"We often hear from parents that children first encounter restrictive gender stereotypes and peer pressure to conform when they start school or nursery. Since 2014, Let Toys Be Toys has offered resources for schools and nurseries and our ‘10 ways to challenge gender stereotypes in the classroom’, adapted from the Breaking the Mould project from the NEU, remains our most popular resource. We know that teachers need tools, evidence and confidence to enable them to challenge gender stereotypes and Gender Action will enable them to access those crucial tools and training. The Gender Action schools award is a brilliant opportunity for schools to embrace a whole-school approach to challenging sexism in education and make a fundamental shift for all their pupils."

Let Toys Be Toys campaign team



The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. 


British Council

"Our founding purpose was to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. The learning of languages is vital to this. Currently in the UK, boys are much less likely than girls to study languages to a higher level and so less likely to develop the skills and cultural understanding that come with language learning. We are keen to encourage language learning for all and ensure that no one is held back by gender stereotypes."

Vicky Gough, Schools Adviser, British Council


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Lifting Limits' mission is to challenge gender stereotypes and promote gender equality in and through education. With a focus on early intervention, it offers a comprehensive, whole school approach for primary schools. It is currently running a year long pilot in 5 Camden primary schools. 


Lifting Limits

“Gender Action is a positive step towards meaningfully embedding gender equity within schools. Our whole school approach draws on the same evidence base and we are delighted to see such a prestigious group of organisations develop a universal framework.  We look forward to supporting primary schools in their journey to become Gender Action schools.”

Caren Gestetner and Rachel Hermer, Founders, Lifting Limits



The Development Education Centre South Yorkshire (DECSY) has worked with schools for over 30 years to support them in developing global learning across the whole curriculum. Gender equality has been intrinsic to all of their work and has been a specific focus with their Gender Respect Project and subsequent European-wide projects to develop  gender equality charter marks (GECM) for secondary and primary schools, evaluated by Universities in each country.  The primary schools’ work of the Gender Respect Project has been recently published by Jessica Kingsley Publisher: Gender Equality in Primary Schools: A Guide for Teachers



‘We are delighted to be working with Gender Action as a way to roll out whole school development work on gender equality across the UK. We believe that a supportive framework such as this is essential to enable schools to fully engage with gender equality in all areas of school life. The overall outcome of this engagement will be that children and young people will not be limited by gender stereotypes, will be able to think critically about gender issues and will learn how to relate to each other respectfully.’

Helen Griffin and Clive Belgeonne, Global Learning Advisors and Gender Equality Leads.



Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) is an independent charity committed to improving maths education. We support schools and colleges through a range of professional development and student enrichment activities, and develop innovative resources to enhance teaching and learning. MEI manages the government-funded Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP) and is a partner in the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM).



“MEI promotes the importance, relevance and enjoyment of studying maths beyond GCSE to students in Key Stage 4 through the work of the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme. We believe that continuing to study maths widens the range of opportunities available to young people. It helps them to gain skills and confidence in applying the maths they may meet in higher education, and/or the workplace, and develops transferrable skills, such as problem solving and reasoning. Maths is the most popular subject at A level, but boys are more likely to study it than girls. We want to encourage more girls to study maths as we believe in equal outcomes for all students and don’t want anyone’s potential to be limited in later life by thinking that certain subjects or careers are gender specific.  This is not something that maths teachers can tackle in isolation and we fully support the whole school approach of Gender Action.” 

Rachel Beddoes, Girls’ Participation Lead, MEI


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The British Science Association (BSA) is a registered charity which exists to advance the public understanding, accessibility and accountability of the sciences and engineering. Its vision is of a world where science is at the heart of society and culture.


British Science Association

“The BSA believes that science is for everyone, regardless of background, culture or gender.  Socially constructed roles for men and women have not only limited some people’s aspirations and opportunities but also had a damaging effect on the world of science. Our CREST Award scheme has a long standing history of equal gender participation, which is something we work hard to maintain and build on. We welcome this initiative that takes a whole-school approach to gender equality and hope it will trigger widespread cultural change.”

Maria Rossini, Head of Education British Science Association