Gender pervades all that we do and, along with other characteristics, has an impact on the educational success and experience of school, for both students and staff. This chapter focuses on the ways in which gender might advantage or disadvantage students and how best to support each individual to be equipped for life. Gender issues affect adults in schools as well as students (see pp. 44–5), particularly women who aspire to leadership positions in schools, or men who wish to work in education for young children. Suggestions for further reading in these two areas are made at the end of this chapter.
In this chapter we ask you to think about:
- how we develop gender identity
- our understanding of the attainment gap ...