Moreton School Wolverhampton

Gender stereotyping & sexism has no place at Moreton

by | Jan 15, 2024 | Parent Communication | 0 comments

Moreton school is committed to tackling gender stereotyping, sexual harassment and sexism

Our goal supports the findings from the report ‘Attitudes towards women and girls in educational settings- 2023 conducted by the Women and Equalities Committee.

Gender Pronouns and why they are important

A gender pronoun is a pronoun that a person chooses to use for themselves. Depending on whether or not you use social media you may have started to see more users are adding their gender pronouns to their profile, email signatures, business cards and social feeds. The reason behind this is to promote gender equality and inclusivity, and the idea that gender equality goes beyond male or female.  It also enables a level of support for those within the LGBTQ+IA community, as just the addition of gender pronouns can allow just one person to feel more comfortable. It may be a small action, but for those within the gender diverse community, acknowledgement and respect is very important.

One of the issues faced by those within the gender diverse community is assumptions.  At Moreton School, there may be a small minority of pupils and/or staff who may want to be addressed by a different gender but feel uncomfortable in asking for this.  Adding gender pronouns to our email signature will help to enable a more comfortable environment, not only for our pupils but also our staff and parents.

Examples are:

She/Her/Hers identify as a woman.

He/Him/His identity as a man.

They/Them/Their identity as gender neutral.

Building Resilience

Moreton School has a comprehensive programme in place that aims to build pupils’ lifelong resilience. Weekly discussions surrounding resilience are held during form time each week and key methods to increase resilience are taught through assemblies and the schools Character Education programme. Pupils also receive support from external companies, such as QInspire who come in frequently to promote discussion in smaller groups. This work is complemented by our Girls Empowerment Programme led by Miss Dagnall, Mrs Killeen and Mrs Claybrook-Taylor. A major focus on our work surrounding resilience is our reframing of the word ‘failure’; reinforcing that failure is part of life, and that every failure is feedback or a learning experience. By the whole school community sharing this philosophy, the ability to show a growth mind set and to step outside comfort zones drastically increases.

Girls Empowerment Programme

The Girls Empowerment Programme seeks to promote self-belief, resilience and aspirational thinking within the girls and non-binary cohort.  Regular girls’ assemblies enable a selection of guest speakers to come to speak to the pupils every term alongside female leaders in school. These speakers provide positive role models and vital messaging for the girls, highlighting to them that ‘anything is possible’. The Girls Empowerment Programme aims to provide the girls and non-binary pupils with a lifelong ‘toolkit’ of skills and values to enable them to fulfil their ambitions and dreams whatever these may be.

 

UKFeminista

The Department of Education’s approach to sexism within schools sums up what our goal is in this area: “We believe that a whole school approach with prevention at its core, promoting an environment of inclusion and respect, where pupils and staff are educated and empowered to recognise and challenge abuse of any kind.”

UKFeminista is an organisation whose work raises awareness for gender stereotyping, sexism and sexual harrassment within schools.  During the academic year 2022/23, staff completed a UKFeminista survey on sexisim in schools, in an attempt to raise awareness of, and reduce the levels of sexism within our school community. We are part of UKFeminista’s anti sexism pledge and their Action Award. We acknowledge we will always have work to do and society is ever evolving, but we have started to make progress, with more work being undertaken in this area from autumn 2024.

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