“It’s just everywhere”: A study on sexism in schools – and how we tackle it

The results of UK Feminista and NEU’s groundbreaking study are clear: schools, education bodies and Government must take urgent action to tackle sexism in
schools. Sexual harassment, sexist language and gender stereotyping are commonplace in school settings, yet teachers report feeling unsupported and ill-equipped to respond. “It’s just everywhere”, commented a girl participating in the study, yet all too often the institutional response to sexism in schools is silence.

The voices of girls around the country who are being subjected to sexual harassment and sexism at school must be heard - and acted on. It is clear that schools must urgently do more to tackle sexism, but they need support and guidance to be able to do so effectively. The Government, Initial Teacher Training providers, Ofsted and individual schools all have a vital role to play.

Our recommendations identify the priority actions necessary to bring about change. They are achievable and they would be transformative. What is required now is
the political will and personal commitment of all those with the power to make these changes happen - from Downing Street to the classroom.

We have a duty and an opportunity to bring about a historic shift: to stop schools being places where girls and boys learn that sexual harassment and sexism are routine, normal, accepted. It would transform school life – and society as a whole.

Published : 7th December 2017*

Publisher : UK Feministra  [ More From This Publisher ]

Rights : UK Feministra

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