Virtual Schoolbag (VSB)

28 Jan 2019
Business managers, bursars and secretaries, governors, headteachers, pastoral care leaders, sencos, teachers and teaching assistants of all primary schools
For information

Is #MeToo relevant for primary schools?

This training looks at:

- gender stereotyping and Toxic Masculinity

- strategies and resources to address harmful sexual behaviour in schools.

Evidence suggests that peer-on-peer sexual harassment is endemic within UK schools with 64% of girls reporting having experienced sexual harassment in school [Girls Attitude Survey: 2017]. Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education will become statutory in September 2020, but schools face a significant challenge in confronting harmful cultures of sexual harassment and promoting healthy and respectful relationships amongst children and young people. It is considered by behaviour management and educational researchers that starting the conversations about these difficult and challenging issues at primary school can help to prevent issues escalating and negative patterns becoming entrenched at secondary school. The draft new Ofsted framework has also highlighted the importance of increasing visibility of judgements which relate to pupil wellbeing and behaviour management.

This half day free course will help participants to:

  • Understand the context and prevalence of sexual harassment in schools
  • Understand policies and procedures for responding to and preventing ‘harmful sexual behaviour’ in school
  • Recognise best practice principles in delivering a ‘whole school approach’ for reducing ‘harmful sexual behaviour’ with prevention at its core
  • Embed learning immediately using curriculum based materials that explore gender stereotypes and toxic masculinity whilst promoting healthy relationships and emotional resilience for boys and girls
  • Know what to expect with the introduction of statutory Relationships Education. 

Training will be co-delivered by ESCC Equality and Participation Team, SWIFT Specialist Family Service and local organisation Priority 1-54. This is the last opportunity to book onto this free training.

Testimonials from previous delegates:

"The aspects of toxic masculinity made me think about my own views on this"

" It was nice to have time to talk about the issues with colleagues who are having similar problems"

Dates and venue

Thursday 28th February 2019 (9.00-12.30) at St Mary’s House, Eastbourne

Places can be booked using the East Sussex Learning Portal:

Charlotte Papworth
Charlotte Papworth
Equality and Participation Officer

Phone: 01323 747462