Find and display pictures like this and discuss the intention behind them.
Click the link on the right for more stereotype-challenging images.
Is there anything unusual about them?
Class game: "What's My Line?"
A role-play using non-traditional jobs.
Print and cut up the jobs below.
A student draws a job at random (boys and girls from their own list) and performs a short mime of that job.
The rest of the class ask questions that can only be answered with a 'Yes' or 'No'.
Decide on a set number of questions for the class to ask before they can guess what the mystery job is.
Builder...............Nurse / Midwife
Bus driver..........Nursery teacher
Ask: How can employers encourage young people to try non-traditional work?
Work experience placements for pupils aged 14 or 15 are an area where traditional views of work may either be challenged or reinforced.
Ask: Why would these placements be important?
Young people frequently arrange their own placement through family contacts, often in stereotypical work areas.
- Sex Discrimination Act (1975) - to challenge stereotypes
- Children develop ideas about the roles of men and women even before they start school
- Often reinforced by many different influences including parents, teachers and the media
- Introduction of the National Curriculum (1980s) meant that all young people studied English, Maths and Science up to the age of 16. This removed many of the gender inequalities in subject take-up that previously existed
- Findings show that few people study subjects or jobs that they associate with the opposite sex either at school or college or in the training and careers later in life
- 12,000 young people have enrolled on GNVQs (England and Wales) and SCOTVECs (Scotland) in 2000
- But the occupational choices are strongly stereotyped:
- girls largely training to be hairdressers
- boys to be car mechanics and computer specialists
- Numbers opting out of parts of the National Curriculum are expected to increase as the scheme is extended
Turn this into an assembly
- Introduce the concepts of prejudice and stereotypes
- Ask for volunteers to mime their given jobs in "What's My Line?"