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Treat sexist language like racism, teachers urged

Schools are being told to challenge gender bias among students and staff, writes Emma Seith

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Scottish teachers are being told to deal with sexist language in the same way they would racist or homophobic speech, in a bid to address gender bias in schools.

Educators are also being urged to confront their own sexist stereotyping, as part of an effort to wipe out beliefs – held even among very young children – that “girls are inherently quiet, compliant and nurturing, while boys are boisterous, confident and should avoid anything traditionally considered feminine”, according to new guidance for schools.

Meanwhile, a Tes Scotland analysis of Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) data ...

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