Gender Equality in Schools
The creation of a Gender Equality Charter Mark (GECM) for secondary schools began in 2017 building on the Gender Respect Project, lead by DECSY from 2013 – 2016. Creating the GECM was a collaboration between organisations in UK, Hungary and Italy and funded by the EU. Further European Erasmus Plus Funding has now enabled us to create a primary version of the Charter Mark and to support six more countries (Finland, Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Croatia and Greece) to adapt the charter mark for their own national contexts.
The GECM for each country, classroom and leadership resources, a glossary and more can be found at the project website: www.gendereqaulityinschools.org
As part of this project, we have created an offline accreditation tool which has been developed by teachers and gender equality experts. The tool enables primary and secondary schools to measure progress in tackling the effects that gender stereotyping still has on pupils in relation to subject (and career) choices.
Instructions for using the audit tool:
Download the Primary School GECM audit tool (GECM Primary Audit Tool). The questions cover the areas of leadership, curriculum, environment, attitudes, and community. You might like to choose a particular focus or answer all of the questions. The tool has drop-down boxes for you to input the answer you feel is most appropriate for how your school is responding (these include Emerging, Working Towards, Developing Practice, and Embedded Practice). Once you have made your selection, in the next column the suggested action will appear.
If you are interested in using the GECM for primary schools, then please contact DECSY.
The tool for secondary schools can also be found here (GECM-Offline-version-July-2019_1).
In England, DECSY has worked with the Institute of Physics and other partners to develop Gender Action www.genderaction.co.uk which aims to challenge stereotypes in nurseries, schools and colleges.
With the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union