Girls In Focus

This theme looks at the current situation for those girls and young women in education who are considered vulnerable, challenging, marginalised or excluded. On this page we share practice, information and new thinking. If you are working with girls in this context then make sure you let us know what you are doing.

Girls and computing science

Just 18% of digital technologies jobs are held by women, this reflects the proportion of those qualifying in the relevant subjects at HE/FE. Education Scotland has published 20 new resources to help build girls’ confidence and resilience in computing science. More HERE

National scoping exercise of advocacy services for victims of violence against women and girls

Third sector agencies have a key role – but there remain gaps and barriers ot the provision of and access to services. More HERE

Gender Equality Conference 20th June Stirling

The conference explores where and how gender equality policy is impacting work across Scotland's educational and vocational landscape - and what else needs to be done to reduce and remove the social and economic barriers faced by women and men in Scotland. More HERE

Improving gender balance

A Fife primary school is taking part in a project challenging ideas that some school subjects and careers are ‘just for girls’ or ‘just for boys’. More HERE

Women Data Scientists in the Making competition for girls

Groups of girls are invited to submit their best idea as an illustration, video or essay on the topic: “How the world will look in 20 years, thanks to data and technology”. Winners invited to Edinburgh for afternoon tea and to meet inspiring women in the field of Data Science. Enter by 31st January. More HERE

Online support for Autistic Women and Girls

Scottish Autism have engaged with women and girls from the autism community and drawn on the expertise of a network of professionals to develop a range of videos and other support materials in this new programme. More HERE

Every last girl

Ensuring that every last girl is free to live, free to learn and free from harm requires a collective pledge to advance girls’ rights to access education, to sexual and reproductive health rights, and to make their voices heard. Download the pdf HERE

Girl’s wellbeing explored: understanding pressures and resilience

The report from Girlguiding and YoungMinds highlights that girls are facing unprecedented levels of stress and pressure — to do well at school, to look and behave a certain way, to measure up to expectations from friends, family, teachers and the media. Girls say that the adults in their lives are out of touch with their concerns. Download the pdf HERE

Get it right for girls

The EIS has produced new guidance for teachers on challenging misogynistic attitudes among children and young people. More HERE

The everyday sexism project

The project catalogues instances of sexism – serious, minor, offensive, niggling or normalised, and often so day-to-day that challenging them is difficult. More HERE

Are boys and girls equally prepared for life?

International data used to explore how girls outperform boys in reading but under-achieve in mathematics – motivation, confidence and self-belief are key. Download pdf HERE

Equally Safe, Scotland’s Strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls

An updated version has been published, recognising that children have the right to be kept safe from harm, protected from violence and to be given proper care by those looking after them. Download the pdf HERE

Improving Gender Balance Scotland project

This is a new research project will see Two Project Officers work closely with 6 school clusters to improve the gender balance of those taking STEM subjects in schools. More HERE

FGM - A statement opposing female genital mutilation

Posters are available to outline the Scottish Government's position on FGM. These are available to download in Arabic, English, French, Somali, and Swahili. More HERE

Keeping Girls in Focus PINS seminar: September 2013

Our seminar used research and professional experience to look broadly to establish gender differences in the experience of school. We wanted to raise the profile of girls and young women as distinct from boys and young men and identify particular issues, challenges and good practice when it comes to working with girls and young women in educational settings.

Go to our Girls in Focus event page for more.

“Our understanding of the impact of living with poverty suggests that girls’ contemporary experiences of poverty in Scotland differs to that of boys, and that the long terms effects of this childhood poverty may be gendered”. Dr John H. McKendrick

The Learner’s Perspective

This Enquire film captures different learner perspectives including that of young women part of the HOTS Young Mums support base. More HERE

Girl up

Girl Up is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation that gives American girls the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. More HERE

If you have examples of practice, innovative approaches, learning and experience to share please get in touch by emailing