Sacked or silenced: academics say they are blocked from exploring trans issues | Education

On the December morning that Jo Phoenix, professor of criminology at the Open University, was to give a lecture at Essex University on trans rights in prisons, Twitter roared into action, with several Essex staff and students tweeting allegations that a “transphobe” would be on campus. By 10am Phoenix was warned by a member of university staff that some students were threatening to shut down her lecture, as they said LGBT+ staff and students wouldn’t feel safe if Phoenix gave…

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‘Guys ask for more money’: why female-led startups underperform | Education

The first time Olivia Champion pitched a business idea based on her academic research was so disheartening she nearly gave up. The 10-strong panel she faced were all men, bar a few women responsible for administration and taking minutes. Their first question was: “Why are you here?” “It took the wind out of my sails immediately,” she says. “I thought, ‘Blimey. This is going badly.’” She had been convinced her idea was good, but after that rejection she began to…

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Welsh schools to offer cheaper uniforms with gender-neutral options | Education

School in Wales will be made to offer cheaper, gender-neutral uniform options from September, as the Welsh government seeks to tackle the rising costs of school clothing for families. The statutory guidance issued by the Department for Education means Welsh state schools that are revising their uniform codes will need to avoid exclusive deals that force parents to buy from a single supplier, and must ensure that uniform items are widely available, avoiding expensive logos and designs. The new rules…

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A year to clean five schools of sexism – shouldn’t others do the same? | Education

A class of 10-year-olds are sitting on the carpet looking at their teacher with open mouths. Their faces say: outrage. Their teacher, Rosemary O’Brien, has put up a statement on the board – a real one, by the Football Association in 1921. Football is “quite unsuitable for females”, it says. Across the classroom, pupils are voicing their disagreement. “That’s completely untrue,” says one boy assertively. A girl speaks up too: “Women should be allowed to play. Like men, they should…

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“If comprehensive sexuality education can happen in Pakistan, it can happen everywhere.” – Education Article

By Aisha Ijaz, Aahung, Pakistan I work on reproductive health for an organization called Aahung in Pakistan. For over 20 years now, we have been developing and advocating around comprehensive sexuality education, or, as it is called here, Life Skills Based Education (LSBE). In 2018, the Sindh province in Pakistan became the first to introduce LSBE content. And Balochistan is working on doing the same soon. This blog discusses the work it entailed over the past decade to get to…

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#FaceTheFacts: It’s time to bust the myths on comprehensive sexuality education – Education Article

Image: Luciana Ianiri Comprehensive sexuality education is an essential part of a good quality education that improves sexual and reproductive health, argues Facing the Facts, our newest policy paper out today jointly with UNESCO. Released at the Women Deliver Conference during an event with Rt Hon. Helen Clark, the First Lady of Namibia and Vivian Onano, the paper explores the resistance to sexuality education in many countries and the obstacles to its implementation, seeking ways to overcome them. Globally, each…

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Battle scars | E-Learning Provocateur – Education Article

There’s an ugly trend on Australian television that’s been going on for quite a while. I hoped it would fade away but it only seems to be getting worse. I’m referring to the ever-increasing number of commercials that depict males as incompetent fools who are put straight by their female companions. Maybe it’s been happening in your country too. Like the proverbial boiling frog, most of us have probably been oblivious to it. But, just as when you want to…

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Drive aims to increase number of men in early years education in UK | Education – Education Article

A drive is under way to increase the number of men working with the youngest children in the education system, drawing on the success of Norway, which has the highest percentage of male early years professionals in the world. According to latest statistics, just 2% of the early years education (EYE) workforce in the UK is male, a figure that has remained static for decades despite previous targets and greater shared childcare between men and women in the home. Researchers…

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Crazy Eight | E-Learning Provocateur – Education Article

Is it just me or is every year a “big year”…? Well 2018 marked a decade of blogging by yours truly, and that alone is something that I’m proud of. Throughout the highs and lows that life gifted me this year, I was able to share another 8 thought bubbles in addition to my annual list of conferences. I call them my Crazy Eight and I recall them here for your enjoyment and critique… Battle scars – We can’t fight…

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