We’re facing a national crisis of sexual violence and harassment at school. The government and schools must take action now
- July 28, 2021Women’s Groups call on Secretary of State for Education to create ‘Whole Schools Approach’ taskforceUpdate (10 Sept 2021): The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, has responded to the letter. Read the response here. A letter sent toda...
- June 10, 2021Ofsted review on sexual abuse in schools and colleges: Almost all girls report at least one form of abuseThe review found 9 out of 10 girls had experienced sexist name calling and 92% of girls had been sent unsolicited explicit pictures or videos, women’s...
- April 08, 2021UPDATE: We have now (05.05.21) received a response from Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System, Baroness Berridge. In this respo...
1 in 3 16-18 year old girls say they have experienced unwanted sexual touching at school
92% of girls have been sent unsolicited explicit pictures or videos
600 rapes in schools were reported to police between 2012 and 2015 – an average of one rape every day of the school year
We previously successfully campaigned for children to learn about the different forms of violence against women and girls, with Department for Education statutory guidance published in 2019 giving schools information on sexual violence and how to tackle it, and advice on sexism, misogyny, homophobia, talking about consent and understanding relationships. We also helped bring human rights challenges around schools’ failures to keep girls safe from sexual violence.
Now, we are calling for schools to take a Whole School Approach to tackling gender-based violence, because attitudes aren’t only shaped by the curriculum taught in the classroom – they are learned through the behaviours modelled and what is tolerated by those around them. And currently, schools are doing nowhere near enough to prevent and respond to sexual violence.
A Whole School Approach means schools embedding gender equality with training for all school staff on sexual violence, training for teachers on how to deliver relationships, sex and health education, and giving both young people and staff the skills to respond to, challenge and prevent violence against women and girls within their establishment and the local community.