We’re working with the Institute of Physics (IoP) and Education Scotland to challenge gender stereotypes in schools. 

Preventing bias

Improving Gender Balance Scotland (IGBS) aims to challenge ideas that some school subjects are ‘just for girls’ or ‘just for boys’.

What we're doing

The early years and primary school work of IGBS looks at preventing early bias in career choices, when it’s known most young people first form ideas for their future career.

In the senior phase, a particular focus is on STEM subjects to encourage more diverse subject selection and prepare young people for the world of work.

The project includes sessions with girls to build confidence and resilience. There's also time with subject teachers to look at enhancing pupils’ experiences with science subjects and work with the wider school community, including parents.

Resources for schools

Resources have been developed to support the work in schools. They provide an introduction to gender stereotypes and can be used in PSHE, guidance or pastoral care.

You can find the resources on the Institute of Physics website

Have a look at how Duloch Primary School in Fife has been tackling career stereotypes.

Get in touch

If you want to find out more about bringing IBGS into your school contact project officer Heather Earnshaw.