Slippage and/or symbolism: gender, policy and educational governance in Scotland and Sweden

The co-authors of this article have been working together in Sweden (Elisabet Öhrn & Gaby Weiner) and in Scotland (Gaby Weiner & Joan Forbes) for a number of years. The idea for this policy study piece grew from involvement in a project on social and other capitals in independent schooling in Scotland. Gender was found […]

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The e-word now at the heart of English (higher) education

The Third Gender and Education Association Policy Report (July 2011)
It seems that the e-word as in equality, equity or equal opportunities, is fast going out of fashion, to say the very least, under this UK Coalition Government. It is being replaced by another set of e-words such as earning, economic, employment but not education […]

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‘Study reveals extent of the Oxbridge divide’: Whatever happened to gender equality?

It is most remarkable that neither the Sutton Trust nor the media have noticed changing forms of inequality in access to elite universities over the last 30 years. Whilst it is true that access to Oxbridge remains highly privileged as the recent Guardian article suggests, there is a major change that has been overlooked. 2 […]

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“I’m just a girl who just says no”: Guides to Keeping Your Legs crossed- Abstinence Only Sex Education for Girls

Whilst I am always happy to see critical discussion on the role of sex and relationship education in schools and youth centres, worryingly, this week saw a new amendment narrowly passed in the UK Commons.
Nadine Dorries’ (MP), amendment calls for extra abstinence-only sex education for girls aged 13-16. The amendment passed its first reading in […]

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Who protects the protector? The worrying future of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

The UK Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has a statutory remit ‘to promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine “protected” grounds – age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment’. According to the Commission, a […]

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Review of Vocational Education: The Wolf Report for the Department of Education

The Second Gender and Education Association Policy Report (March 2011)
Alison Wolf’s report on education for 14-19 year olds, commissioned by the English Government in Autumn 2010, has received rapturous acclaim in the media, policy and government circles. For example, the Guardian’s editorial on March 4th 2011 was entitled FE colleges. Who’s Afraid of Alison Wolf? […]

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Is feminism in the UK experiencing a double dip? Call for Action

‘Clinton is proving that feminist foreign policy is possible – and works’ so headlines an article in the Guardian in which Madeleine Bunting argues that Hilary Clinton is building her political foreign policy on a solid 1970s feminist mantra that ‘Transformation in the role of women is that last great impediment to universal progress.’ Clinton has […]

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Browne Report + the White Paper = A Murky Outlook for Educational Equality

A report by GEA’s Policy Officer Miriam David, with Jessica Ringrose and Victoria Showunmi
October- December 2010

This policy report covers official UK Government policy over the last four months. Our brief is primarily to focus on the UK government’s policy developments. However, the four countries that make up the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern […]

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Appointment of First GEA Policy Officer

The Association has recently appointed its first GEA policy officer, Professor Miriam David who, as many of you know, has extensive knowledge and research experience in the field of gender and education. We are delighted that Miriam has accepted the post and we look forward to regular reports from her, which will both inform the position […]

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