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The Equal Classroom

Life-Changing Thinking About Gender, 1st Edition

Edited by Lucy Rycroft-Smith, Graham Andre


328 pages

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How can we change the way we treat gender in schools so that is it less limiting for pupils, right from the start? How can we help our children grow and learn in a way that doesn't restrict their opportunities? In this brave and urgent book, academics, campaigners and experts join forces to make recommendations on how schools, teachers and parents tackle gender discrimination. With helpful statistical summaries and rich in topical context and opinions, the wide range of contributors look at explicit ways to teach pupils about gender issues, implicit ways for adults to model consent, relationships and tolerance; and clear, practical policy recommendations in an accessible and engaging way.


"The Equal Classroom shines a timely light on current behaviour and attitudes about gender – gender identities, gender roles, gender expectations. It is a thought-provoking text on the role of schools in exposing the limitations imposed by existing gender stereotypes, offering an intriguing and accessible mix of personal narrative, of statistics for the curious, of exercises for the diligent and of expert opinion for the help-seekers. With musings from teachers working on the front line, from academic researchers and education specialists, there are clear and practical recommendations on how to shine a challenging light on gendered practices and, importantly, how to change them." - Gina Rippon, Professor Emeritus of Cognitive NeuroImaging, Aston Brain Centre, Aston University, Birmingham

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


Chapter 1 Gender identities: social and cultural

Chapter 2 Expert view: teaching gender

Kath Tayler

Chapter 3 Gender identities: brains and biology

Chapter 4 Expert view: gender from an early age

Jayne Osgood

Chapter 5 Gendered expectations

Chapter 6 Toys

Chapter 7 Expert view: let toys be toys

Jess Day

Chapter 8 Sexism and sexual harassment

Chapter 9 Clothing and uniform

Chapter 10 Expert view: gendered clothing

Francesca Cambridge Mallen

Chapter 11 Language and the media

Chapter 12 Trans people, trans issues

Chapter 13 Expert view: trans pupils and the early years

Deborah Price

Chapter 14 Sexuality and sexualities

Chapter 15 Relationships and PSHE education

Chapter 16 Sports and physical education

Chapter 17 Sex, touch, and consent

Chapter 18 Books, games and literature

Chapter 19 Expert view: gender in classroom texts

Roussel de Carvalho

Chapter 20 Conclusion


About the Editors

Lucy Rycroft-Smith was a teacher for ten years, and is currently an education researcher and writer working at Cambridge University, with particular interest in mathematics education, gender and LGBTQ+ issues, and education policy. Lucy is the co-editor of Flip the System UK: A Teachers’ Manifesto, she speaks internationally, writes for national platforms on education, and currently hosts a podcast for the Times Educational Supplement.

Graham Andre is a primary school teacher working on the Isle of Wight. Graham is currently working at Lanesend Primary School on the Isle of Wight, where he is a Year 4 teacher and phase leader. Recently Graham was seen working with his class on the BBC2 BAFTA nominated documentary ‘No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free?’

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