Gender Equality in Schools Workshop

By teaching gender equality in schools, we equip developing young people with the knowledge and skills to pick up the equality debate and move it forward into the future. 2020 Dreams Gender Equality workshops are skilfully designed to introduce children and young people of all ages to the concept of gender and equality, helping them to understand the effects of inequality and coming up with workable solutions that can be used outside of the workshop to address gender issues in the classroom and wider community.

On the surface, it may seem that gender equality has been attained in the UK, but if you delve into the labour statistics, listen closely to the language people use and analyse the messages broadcast in the media it becomes clear that there is still a lot of work to be done.

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Gender inequality lies at the root of numerous social problems, from domestic violence and eating disorders to unequal pay and career discrimination. Teaching gender equality in schools can help to reduce these problems in the future.

Key Statistics*

  • Approximately 70% of workers on the UK minimum wage are women.
  • There is a 10% wage gap between British men and women in full-time work.
  • One in five people think it would be acceptable to hit a woman for dressing inappropriately in certain circumstances.

*From UK Feminista: London, 2016.

Choosing the Right Gender Equality Workshop

Gender equality is an emotive topic, and it can be a mistake for educators to bring in advocacy groups to teach about gender equality in schools. While many of these groups do fantastic work in promoting change, the approach they take may not be suited to the school environment. For example, some groups may blame men for inequality, which boys may find upsetting.

Throughout the day the pupils responded with maturity

Pupils from year groups 5 to 10 attended a workshop focused on the theme ‘tolerance and respect’. Pupils discussed issues related to what it means to be tolerant and respectful of others. For the Junior pupils this specifically involved developing an understanding of how one should consider the feelings of others and reflect on the way some forms of behaviour may cause offence. For the Senior pupils the workshop focused on exploring what sexism and harassment means and how this can affect others. Throughout the day the pupils responded with maturity and provided some positive thoughts and opinions when considering these issues. Thank you!

G. Larcombe, Long Close School, Slough

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G. Larcombe, Long Close School, Slough

Pupils from year groups 5 to 10 attended a workshop focused on the theme ‘tolerance and respect’. Pupils discussed issues related to what it means to be tolerant and respectful of others. For the Junior pupils this specifically involved developing an understanding of how one should consider the feelings of others and reflect on the way some forms of behaviour may cause offence. For the Senior pupils the workshop focused on exploring what sexism and harassment means and how this can affect others. Throughout the day the pupils responded with maturity and provided some positive thoughts and opinions when considering these issues. Thank you!
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2020 Dreams Gender Equality workshops take a moderate, sensitive approach to gender issues, focusing on gender equality as a human issue that affects us all, males and females and working on increasing understanding and empathy and promoting constructive, solution-focused discussion.

Gender Equality and the National Curriculum

There is no specific advice in the National Curriculum about teaching gender equality in schools, but the section on Citizenship education encompasses the areas of liberty, respect, human rights and law. Gender equality issues are a perfect example for children to get their teeth into these concepts.

In addition, the format of 2020 Dreams Gender Equality Workshops will also help young people to develop a mature approach to tackling emotive issues. This supports the government’s citizenship aims, in particular the aim for secondary school students to develop, “skills to research and interrogate evidence, debate and evaluate viewpoints, present reasoned arguments and take informed action.”

Gender equality has a profound effect on what courses students decide to pursue and can even affect the effort and focus they put into certain subjects. This, in turn, will impact on course selection and completion and pass rate in further and higher education.

How Do 2020 Dreams Teach About Gender Equality in Schools?

Our skilled and well trained facilitators use a range of proven tools and techniques to teach about gender equality in schools and other young people’s institutions. Young people need to be fully engaged in the teaching material in order to really take on board and retain the information. Role-play activities are a powerful way of simulating real life scenarios involving gender inequality without creating unnecessary discomfort, helping those who have not experienced problems first hand to empathise with those who have.

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Students will also get plenty of opportunity to participate in thought-provoking debate on gender issues, using their own experiences and the information learned to generate their own ideas about how to tackle inequality.

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