Some young people struggle to name and express the feelings they have about gendered societal pressures to look or move in a certain way. Most young people benefit from safe spaces to express difficult feelings (e.g. anger, powerlessness, frustration) in their own peer cultures and wider relationships. These include feelings about real world issues that they have little control over such as social injustice, poverty, discrimination.
This case study is from an inner city primary school in London. The school has around 1000 pupils almost all of whom are from minority ethnic backgrounds and for most of them English is an additional language. The school already do a lot of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) work work but wanted to listen and learn more about children’s understandings of gender stereotypes. So, they invited Nicole Rodden, from Same Difference to plan and deliver some activities with year 5 pupils to explore this.