Gender Action is an award programme which promotes and supports a whole-school approach to challenging stereotypes.
always possible will be working with Gender Action throughout 2019 to support London schools through a phase one roll-out. We will evaluate the impact and efficacy of this new approach.
Gender Action is an awards programme which promotes and supports a whole-school approach to challenging stereotypes. Nursery schools, primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, pupil referral units and further education colleges are encouraged to sign up and demonstrate their commitment through working through a range of projects and programmes towards an award which recognises their achievement.
The awards programme is based on over 10 years of research and evidence from project partners Kind College London, Institute of Physics (IOP), University Council of Modern Languages and Institute of Education, University College London. As part of his #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, the Mayor of London has funded a roll-out of the schools award in London, ahead of a national roll-out in 2020.
Gender Action schools:
- Take action against gender stereotyping, putting young people at the heart of behaviour change.
- Are part of a community of forward-thinking schools, colleges and nurseries keen to demonstrate they understand the negative effects gender stereotyping can have.
- Use data and evidence to to make decisions, track impact, and focus activity.
- The schools award focuses activity in varying areas of school life for individuals and groups to work on to make lasting and positive changes to structures and mindsets.
- Schools will work on projects designed around behavioural asks, providing recognition for actions that have been proven to drive gender equality.
- Schools have the flexibility to determine what that project looks like so that it works for their institution, school development plan and the circumstances of their school body.
Tiered recognition levels provide schools with a tool to measure progress whilst putting in place systems, structures and behaviours that allow students to be truly able to make choices free from gender stereotypical lines.
Schools can work towards recognition as a:
always possible’s role:
always possible will be evaluating the methodology, approach, reach, efficacy and usability of the award during the pilot roll-out, making strategic and operational recommendations prior to national roll-out in 2020.