Misogyny is the hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women or girls. At Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich we stand united against any forms of misogyny or sexism. We do not shy away from educating our students about the dangers of toxic masculinity and the negative impact this can have on our society.
For us this is not about making a one-off statement, it is about living out the values we think are important. As Active Citizens, we encourage our students to be better young men and women, making a positive change in their local, national and global community. By teaching them to be confident, curious, ambitious, respectful and resilient we feel we can be the drivers of change.
These themes permeate our Academy at all levels. Through our incredible Personal Development curriculum, which includes weekly PSHE timetabled lessons, weekly debating through ‘Votes for Schools’ sessions with student champions and weekly assemblies, we deliver outstanding content which educates students on the dangers of misogyny, toxic masculinity and sexism.
Within our subject curriculum, we explicitly teach students about these issues and most importantly we model our expectations to the students. We do not refer to men as things like ‘tough’ or the ‘head of a household’ and we encourage students to be allies supporting all marginalised groups.
We believe in tackling sexism through a 'See it, Name it, Stop it' approach as championed by the Council of Europe. As Active Citizens we all as individuals can make a difference.
Our anti-misogyny staff working party meet each term to develop our whole-Academy strategy and are working on some exciting new initiatives with our student leadership team.
For more information and resources visit the excellent Council of Europe website.