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Teachers Resolve to 'Get it Right for Girls'

Tuesday 3 January 2017

The EIS is urging teachers to resolve to ‘Get it Right for Girls’ in 2017. With Christmas and Hogmanay fresh in the mind, a sobering reality is that yearly spikes in incidents of domestic abuse and gender-based violence during this period have a severe and disproportionate impact on women and girls.

Gender-based stereotyping also remains a recurring issue for girls. From the types of Christmas gifts that they have received, to the expectation to help out around the home and with festive food preparation, girls’ experiences of the festivities will often have been very different to those of boys.

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "Last year, the EIS urged its members to ‘Get It Right for Girls’, releasing new guidance on how to tackle gender stereotypes, openly discuss gender-based violence, and be aware of the dangerous consequences of gender inequality.

"The publication highlighted some worrying issues for schools, including the casual use of misogynistic language, the prevalence of sexual bullying and harassment, and the objectification of women and girls.

"Analysis of the recent PISA results across the OECD countries reveals a significant impact of gender stereotyping on the attainment of girls, particularly in relation to STEM subjects. This is an issue which has been identified here in Scotland, also.”

The EIS ‘Get it Right for Girls’ report was widely welcomed, with support from a wide range of voluntary organisations including Engender, Zero Tolerance, Girl Guiding Scotland, and the Young Women’s Movement.

Since its publication 7,000 copies have been distributed across Scotland with many organisations now taking forward local developments including teacher CPD on gender equality issues and the establishment of Gender Equality groups in schools.

Mr Flanagan added, "Schools should make use of the EIS guidance and actively consider ways to Get it Right for Girls. From rejecting gender-based stereotyping to highlighting issues around domestic abuse - which usually spikes over Christmas and New Year - and signposting support services, gender equality should run throughout the work that our schools do in 2017 and beyond.”

More information on Get it Right for Girls.