Virtual Schoolbag (VSB)

18 Mar 2019
Governors, headteachers, pastoral care leaders, teachers and teaching assistants of all schools
For information
Women’s History Month – March 2019

March is Women’s History month. Use it as an opportunity to educate and inspire children about the role of women in society, and to raise the profile of gender equality.

International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year and the rest of March is Women’s History month.

The international theme this year is Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence, which could easily be linked for example to all the women who have won the Nobel Prize for Peace i.e. Malala Yousafzai. Below is the link to the official international site.

From celebrating women's achievements through to challenging gender stereotypes, there are many useful classroom resources available to support activity in schools. See teach starter for free educational resources available for all key stages including:?

  • coloring in sheets
  • activity booklets
  • printable fact sheets
  • activity task cards
  • detailed lesson plans
  • book study activities
  • role model case studies
  • reading lists
  • author interviews
  • video materials
  • competitions

Some other useful resources are:

  • A mighty girl website: newsletter, profiling women contributions to society, recommended reading lists and resources
  • Women’s Aid ‘The Expect Respect Educational Toolkit’: One easy to use ‘Core’ lesson for each year group from reception to year 13 and is based on themes that have been found to be effective in tackling domestic abuse including gender stereotypes.

Further for secondary schools Vincent Dance Theatre is recommended:

Vincent Dance Theatre have been part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio since 2009 and have been making Brave, intelligent entertainment….” according to The Times, for nearly 25 years.  Vincent Dance Theatre (VDT) makes crucial performance for the critical times in which we live.

VDT currently have two high quality film installations, Virgin Territory (**** The Guardian) & Shut Down (**** The Observer) on tour, accompanied by a range of wrap around, bespoke, issue based creative workshops. They offer a deeply engaging way to investigate and creatively respond to the pressures, contradictions and confusions of being a young person in a highly gender-stereotyped digital world. 

Keith Budge, Head of Bedales School, Hampshire said of their week long Virgin Territory installation and workshops that, it was “one of the most thought-provoking experiences that I have seen in a school: our students benefited greatly.”

The high quality film installations of Virgin Territory & Shut Down were researched with young people and raise some of the vital social issues of our time for young people. Not only do they introduce students to the world of Dance Theatre as an art form, and offer some highly original film installation staging of such work, the workshops then invite students to examine the issues raised and how their own digital devices are impacting on their mental health and relationships.  

Alongside this investigation students are encouraged to be their own creative agents and develop new skills through bespoke individual or collaborative creative responses. VDT use metaphor, affirmatory poetry, spoken word, movement, large scale drawing, writing, speaking, listening, performance, digital photography and film making skills in “the style of” or aesthetic of the company to elicit these creative responses. These activities can be mapped across a wide range of curriculum requirements from Performing Arts to PSHE and can form part of Arts Award qualifications.

 “The levels of collaborative, creative, engagement achieved by both girls and boys was amazing. Big thanks to the Vincent Dance Theatre team whose detailed planning made the whole experience, particularly delivery for the staff, easy.” Jessie Nicolas Deputy Head, The Norwood School, London

 “I wish all our PSHE lessons were like this.” Year 10 student, Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Brighton.

VDT’s experienced facilitators can work with small groups, to whole year groups. To find out more about the VDT offer see


charlotte Papworth
Charlotte Papworth
Equality and Participation Officer

Phone: 01323 747462