UK Feminista has developed a free online resource hub for teachers, students and parents on tackling sexism: ukfeminista.org.uk/resources-hub/
The student section of the hub features various tools to help students take action to tackle sexism, including a campaign planner and a guide on how to set up a feminist group.
The teacher section of the hub provides comprehensive guidance and resources to enable schools to implement a whole school approach to tackling sexism. The resources include:
· A whole school approach audit tool
· A template whole school action plan
· Policy integration guide
· Classroom activities on gender stereotyping, sexist language and sexual harassment
· Practical tips for secondary and primary school teachers on tackling sexism in the classroom
Why do teachers need support and training on how to tackle sexism?
- Sexism and sexual harassment are commonplace in schools:
· Over a third (37%) of girls in mixed-sex secondary schools have been sexually harassed.
· A quarter (25%) of secondary school teachers say they witness gender stereotyping and discrimination in their school on a daily basis.
- Teachers report feeling ill-equipped to tackle sexism in the classroom:
· Just one in five (20%) secondary school teachers has received training in recognising and tackling sexism as part of their Initial Teacher Education.
· Over half (64%) of secondary school teachers are unsure or not aware of the existence of any policies and practices in their school related to preventing sexism.