Section 4: Next steps and developing a whole school approach

Considerations for your school

Read the following guides produced by the Institute of Physics in partnership with Skills Development Scotland and Education Scotland:

Primary Action Guide improvement/ Documents/ sci38-primary-action-guide.pdf [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

Secondary Action Guide improvement/ Documents/ SecondaryActionGuideMay2018.pdf

Consider the following questions and discuss as a group:

  • How can you build leadership and peer support to tackle gender stereotyping in your school?
  • Is there dedicated time at staff meetings for discussion on gender stereotyping, unconscious bias and any related concerns?
  • Are your current school policies and culture effective in tackling sexist language and behaviour in your school?
  • Do staff feel able to challenge each other and learners constructively?
  • What action and activities could you develop in your school to progress gender equality for all staff and students?
  • How can you encourage a good gender balance in STEM clubs, sports teams and other school activities?
  • How might subjects and activities be presented to encourage young people who might not otherwise engage with them?
  • Are there opportunities for students to actively engage in tackling gender stereotypes and inequality in your school?
  • Are there any issues which have emerged from taking part in this course where you feel you would benefit from further training and resources?
  • What are the next steps for you and your school to take forward work on this issue?

Action planning

Create an action plan for how you will take forward this work in your school.

Example: Review curriculum to ensure gender stereotypes are not reinforcedSubject leadsBy Jan 2018Complete

When you are ready, complete the End of course quiz.