#1MinCPD: International Women’s Day

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How do we raise awareness about gender equality?

To mark International Women’s Day this week, we’re sharing an idea to help you challenge stereotypes and raise awareness about gender inequality in your classroom.

Wonderful Women

  • Share some statistics about gender bias and the impact on woman. Try One or UN women to select appropriate facts for your cohort.
  • Present your class with some inspirational woman. You can find some ideas here.
  • Discuss how these women had a huge impact on the world, but all women have power to be wonderful.
  • Pose the question ‘Which woman has changed your world?’ It could be a family member, friend, teacher or anyone really! Think, pair and share.
  • Pupils can create a Wonderful Woman ‘thank you’ card to the woman who has inspired, helped or motivated them. Inside the card, they should write a message telling the woman why they are wonderful.
  • Why not share the cards with the hashtag #TTkit100women to celebrate the everyday heros we couldn’t live without.

Why is it a good strategy?

The facts and figures speak for themselves. It’s time to #pushforprogress with gender equality, and one core group to educate is our society’s young people.

WhitneyHouston said, ‘I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way,’ and I think she was onto something (and was is was definitely a Wonderful Woman).

Tip

Explain to the pupils that celebrating wonderful women will help us to remember their value to our society and help tackle gender inequality.

Hanna Beech

Hanna Beech has been teaching for ten years and has a range of experience across Key Stages 1 and 2 in a large Primary School in Kent. She is a phase leader for Years 3 and 4, and also leads on teaching and learning for the setting. Her absolute passion is pupil wellbeing and involvement, and finding ways to ensure that learning is optimised for all. She is fascinated by all subjects relating to education, but spends a lot of time reading around the science behind learning and the learning brain.

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