“I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”

Virginia Woolf

Sexism in the History Curriculum Campaign

What are children being taught in history lessons? What do children learn about women of the past? Are they mainly learning about men?

When children are mainly taught about men we’re reinforcing a world view where society is shaped around men.

End Sexism In School’s second crowd research project is looking into the History curriculum taught at KS3 (years 7-9) in England and Wales.

We are looking for volunteers to send out freedom of information (FoI) requests to schools about their history curricula and collate the information that they send back.

We will then have a picture of how women in history are taught to children at KS3. Our findings will be published in academic journals and released to the press and politicians – and will ultimately help us end sexism in schools.

Our first crowd research project looked at gender bias in KS3 and KS4 English literature – and the results were truly shocking.

How you can fight sexism in the History curriculum

Volunteers would be signing up to:

  • Send out five FoI requests to schools allocated by ESIS
  • Chase the schools if they have not responded within the 30 day period
  • Enter the responses provided by the schools into a spreadsheet provided by ESIS

We expect this to take round 5-7 hours in total over a period of 4-6 weeks.

Requirements:

  • Access to an email account
  • Ability to open a Microsoft Word document on your computer/laptop

Our research into gender bias in what children are taught is a powerful tool in our fight to end sexism in schools, and your help will make a huge difference. Together we can change the world!

Sign up to volunteer here https://forms.gle/iQ1G8s3N2GfBrn7B6 or email at researchforesis@gmail.com