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Gender, literacy and language

Added 16 Oct 2019 | Updated 28 Oct 19


In partnership with Let Toys be Toys, we have created a poster for teachers to display in the staff room. The poster includes top tips to tackle gender stereotyping through literacy, language and play in the classroom.

A recent Fawcett Society Literature Review shows that 45% of people said that when they were children, they experienced gender stereotyping as they were expected to behave in a certain way. Moreover, with more than half (51%) of people affected saying it constrained their career choices and 44% saying it harmed their personal relationships.

Teachers can use this poster:

  • As a stimulus for discussion in staff meetings
  • To share as a resource
  • To display in the staff room as a reminder for your colleagues
  • To share with parents as an example of good practice

This resource is provided as part of the Words for Work: Dream Big programme. Words for Work: Dream Big works together with schools and local businesses to support supporting Key Stage 1 pupils to develop their literacy skills, raise aspirations and challenge stereotypes.

The poster is based on the 10 ways to challenge gender stereotypes from Let Toys be Toys. See their website for more resources and information on stopping gender stereotyping.

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