The Shattering Stereotypes pilot project ran throughout the 2016/17 school year and, as stated in the evaluation brief, sought to determine the best role Physics Outreach Officers can play in tackling and improving the gender stereotyping problem in schools.
- Deliver a year-long programme of activities to six schools in the South East in the 2016/17 academic year. Each of three Outreach Officers will work with two schools, which will be local to each Officer’s University.
- Develop metrics to measure how gender-stereotyping culture can be measured in schools.
- Kickstart a discussion in each of the schools on how they are gendering different subjects and therefore influencing subject choice.
- Produce a best practice report for physics-specific Outreach Officers wishing to tackle Gender Stereotyping in Schools.
Who is the programme of activity targeted at?
The main programme targeted Year 8 students in schools of all genders. A secondary audience are interested A-Level physics students; where parts of the main programme were delivered by the Year 12 students.
Summary Of Learning
This news item features a summary of learning from the project.
Programme & Resource
Autumn term – gender stereotyping workshop for Year 8 students
- Presentation – The presentation introduces the idea of gender stereotyping through toys. (See Let Toys be Toys project for more information)
Spring term –evening/twilight careers event for Year 8 students and their parents
Aim was to introduce the full range of opportunities for physics students. This session incorporated a People Like Me activity, a talk and a chance to meet
physics role models.
- Presentation – Introduced the idea of gender stereotyping to parents. Then introduced the link to careers and introduced the physics role models.
- Case Studies – Resource showing diverse physics graduates across many different axes including type of job, ethnicity, sexuality and gender.
Summer term – communication challenge for Year 8 students
In which students took part in a day-long, off-timetable group activity to plan and design a method of eng aging a particular audience group with the issue of gender stereotyping. Students selected their target audience from a list (e.g. parents, teachers, younger students).
- Presentation – Reintroduced ideas behind gender stereotyping and included elements from KS3 Gender Stereotyping and Me workshop. The rest of the presentation guides the Year 8 students and Year 12 facilitators through the rest of the day.
- Year 12 Facilitation Guide – Short summary on the role of the Year 12 facilitators for this workshop.
- Year 8 Information Sheet – Guide to the day for Year 8 students.
- Project Plan – Worksheet to help the Year 8 students plan the communication project.
- Initial Project Plan
- Mid-Point Evaluation Findings
- Final Evaluation Report
- Summary of Stakeholders experiences, outcomes and opportunities
- Facts and figures from final Evaluation (Forthcoming)
The pilot project took place across five schools:
- Charles Darwin School, Biggin Hill.
- Lampton Academy, Hounslow.
- Overton Grange, Sutton.
- Preston Manor, Brent.
- St Peter’s Catholic School, Guildford.