and ask the class:
Main activity: What's My Line?
- How do these images make you think again about particular careers?
- Are there jobs that cannot be done by both sexes?
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.
Nurse / Midwife
Recap on the main teaching points and ask the class:
"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 the class: "Why are these placements important?"
Young people frequently arrange their own placement through family contacts, often in stereotypical work areas.
- One aim of the Sex Discrimination Act (1975) was to challenge stereotypes.
- Children develop ideas about the roles of men and women even before they start school.
- These ideas are often reinforced by many different influences including parents, teachers and the media.
- The introduction of the National Curriculum in the 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.
Turn this into an assembly
12,000 young people enrolled on GNVQs in England and Wales and SCOTVECs in Scotland last year.
- But the occupational choices on GNVQs and SCOTVECs are strongly stereotyped.
- Largely, girls train to be hairdressers and boys to be car mechanics and computer specialists.
- Numbers opting out of parts of the National Curriculum are expected to increase as the schemes are extended.
- Introduce the concepts of prejudice and stereotypes.
- Play 'What's My Line?' by asking for volunteers to mime their given jobs.
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