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.

International Women’s Day

March 8th 2020 #IWD2020 #EachforEqual. More HERE

Girls just need to have fun

Sue Palmer blogs on girls, love and play. “I don’t think it’s any coincidence that the Nordic countries, which have provided this type of kindergarten experience for many decades, have the highest levels of childhood well-being in the world – and the best record for gender equality.  Little girls, just like their brothers, really do need to have fun”. More HERE

Free period products scheme a success

Young Scot research shows two-thirds (65%) of young women and girls in Scotland received free period products from their school, college or university in the past year. More HERE

CyberFirst Girls Competition 2020

Registration closes 21st January! More HERE

Violence against women and girls: Guidance for Community Planning partners

This guidance supports Community Planning partners to develop effective local strategies and activities to promote and embed gender equality and prevent violence. More HERE

Improving gender balance and equalities 3-18

Resources for every educator in every education setting. More HERE

Hey Girls School Guide

The essential guide to providing free period products in your setting. Download the pdf doc HERE

Do creativity skills challenge prejudice and gender bias?

Creativity supports young learners extend career choices. More HERE

The gender gap in Scotland’s schools

A product of the sexism ingrained within our system? More HERE

Period poverty project expanded

The Scottish Government has made more funding available for free sanitary products. More HERE

National Advisory Council on Women and Girls report: First Minister's speech

The speech focused on the NACWG first annual report on gender equality. More HERE

Improving gender balance 3-18

Gender stereotyping is everywhere in our culture, but schools can make a real difference. 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

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

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

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

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