Sexism in Schools

Sexism is an issue affecting every school and college.  Sexual harassment and regular sexist remarks are patterns that most girls and young women come to view as ‘normal’.

“Schools and colleges have an important role to play in breaking down stereotypes but we know that education policy is making it harder and not easier for pupils and staff in the everyday reality of schools.


The National Education Union understands the pressures that schools face daily which is why it is leading a campaign to tackle sexism in schools through a whole school approach and collective action.

You can get involved by emailing us to order stickers for your school.  If you are a rep you can download our new advice on tackling sexism in schools which has a short survey on sexism in your school/college which can be used with your members. 

Four things you can do

  • Order free copies of the sexism in schools report and stickers from
  • Use staff meetings and inset to build awareness about sexism and why it is harmful
  • Use the sexism in schools resources below
  • Tweet about the work your school is doing using the hashtag #sexisminschools

Order materials

Postcards Booklet
Leaflet Stickers
Download placard  

Other advice

Sex Discrimination - advice

Sexual Harassment - advice

Tackling sexual harassment at work collectively

Sexual harassment questionnaire

Request to stop sexual harassment

Equality model statement

Equality checklist

Useful links

Agenda-Wales:  This website offers information and resources for use in schools for young people about making positive relationships matter. 

Breaking the Mould: The NUT’s Breaking the Mould materials aimed at early years and primary practitioners provide advice and practical suggestions about challenging gender stereotypes in schools.

BrookInformation about Brook education on Sex and Relationships Education delivered by Brook experts.

Sex Education Forum: This website provides advice and resources about teaching high quality Relationships and Sex Education-including posters for schools.