The selection of research below gives an idea of the current situation around sexism in schools. It doesn’t make for pretty reading but it is vital to understand the context in which we come to this work. We will continue to add to this resource base and we hope – eventually – that the reports emerging will show a change in culture.
Published by UK Feminista in 2017, this report explores the pervasiveness of sexism in schools including instances of sexual harassment, sexist language, behaviour and stereotypes. It also looks at how sexism is reported and handled in schools and lays out proposed actions and recommendations to tackle this serious issue.
Published by the Institute of Physics in 2017, this report examines the gendered uptake of physics at tertiary education and above, the IOP’s work to address this imbalance and recommendations for future action.
This report published by the Women and Equalities Committee in 2016 highlights the scale and impact of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools, as well as existing and proposed strategies for addressing the problem.
This report published by Ofsted in 2021 explores specific aspects of the continuing problem of sexual abuse in schools, including: existing safeguarding frameworks for inspectors, the current RSHE curriculum, multi-agency safeguarding arrangements and victims voice and reporting.