Government Equalities Office
Last year in partnership with the Government Equalities Office we completed the ‘Your Daughter’s Future’ project which aims to encourage parents to challenge gender stereotyping when talking to their daughters about career aspirations. This involved organising and facilitating focus groups at schools across the country and then writing the content for the final guidance.
This is Abuse campaign
We have also contributed to the development of a new discussion guide, supporting the Home Office’s This is Abuse campaign. The campaign is aimed at 13 to 18 year olds helping to recognise signs of abuse within relationships and prevent pupils from becoming perpetrators. It encourages teenagers to re-think their views of controlling behaviour, abuse, violence and what consent means within their relationships. The guide has been produced so it can be used by a wide range of organisations, including schools, who work directly with young people.
The Home Office said: "We were really pleased with the quality assurance service and publicity which the PSHE Association gave us. We believe that the Quality Mark we received gave our This is Abuse discussion guide valuable credibility with teachers, and with other partners who are using the resource. The service was extremely good value for money and helped us to achieve our aims as it was important to raise awareness of the new discussion guide with teachers, and we were able to do this through the Association’s dedicated mailout to over 7,000 contacts. Following the really good service we received, I would happily recommend the Association’s Quality Assurance process to others."
Addressing FGM in Schools
We have worked with the Home Office and the Department For International Development to create a section of our website focussed on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This page includes a section on teaching about FGM as part of PSHE curriculum provision, what to do if you suspect a child is at risk of FGM and details of national events on combatting FGM: Girl Summit and #YouthForChange. The page provides a number of different resources on the subject, as well as details on the responsibilities of teaching professionals when reporting suspicions.
Following concerns from the Department for Education, in regards to a lack of education for children and young people on consent, the PSHE Association has developed new guidance on teaching about consent at Key Stages 3 and 4. The guidance provides background information and then eight lesson plans for teaching about different elements of consent. It is intended for use in single and mixed-sex schools, state and independent schools in every part of the country and serving a range of different communities. The material can be tailored by teachers to meet the needs and circumstances of their pupils whatever their sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic or cultural background, or whether they have special educational needs or disabilities.