Fair Foundations.

To help ensure all children have the opportunity to explore, learn and play in gender-aware environments was at the core of Agile Nation’s Fair Foundations programme.
This highly focused aspect of the project worked with schools to create a strategic approach to promoting gender equality and gave every adult who works in the school, including parents, the opportunity to learn more about challenging gender stereotypes and their effect on aspirations and future career choice.

Fair Foundations offered a positive and proactive way for schools to:

Watch the video on YouTube. Life Through A Gender Lens.
Reduce stereotypical curriculum preferences.
Narrow the attainment gap between girls and boys.
Increase self confidence amongst girls.
Encourage cross-gender friendships and reduce gender-based bullying.
Embrace a learner-centred approach that values diversity and treats each child according to their individual needs.
Develop confidence and improved curriculum delivery among staff.

The 54 schools that took part in the Fair Foundations programme.

They received dedicated support to help develop a strategy for promoting gender equality. All staff in the school could access the training sessions and the schools had access to a range of training resources.
In total 633 educators received gender awareness training as part of the Fair Foundations programme.
Fair Foundations also delivered a series of tailored sessions to demonstrate positive actions to promote gender equality and supported schools to enhance their Strategic Equality Plans with specific commitments to embed gender awareness throughout their learning community.

Fair Foundations video.

Chwarae Teg’s Fair Foundations Programme. 54 schools across Wales have taken part in Fair Foundations. Committed to raising awareness of gender equality, challenging gender stereotypes, and removing barriers to learning.
Watch the video on YouTube. Life Through A Gender Lens.

My Agile Nation.

Emma Richards.

Leading the development team for the Fair Foundations programme Emma has played a key role in many of Chwarae Teg’s projects.

Being the parent of both a daughter and a son, I’ve always taken an active interest in what they’ve learnt and how they’ve been taught at school and I could see that they had differing experiences that seemed to stem from the gender stereotypes that are all too prevalent in our society.
I have to stress that much of this is down to unconscious bias and that no individual is to blame for this, in fact quite the reverse we have exceptional teaching professionals in Wales, and schools are only one influencer on a child’s understanding of the world.
However, when I had the opportunity to lead the development of the Fair Foundations programme I knew we had the ability to make a significant and positive difference to the way educators understood gender equality.
Of course developing any product for educators you need to be exceptionally diligent, after all this is about the education of our children and we had to make sure Fair Foundations would have a positive effect on their learning experience. With this in mind we worked extensively with educational experts as part of the development of the Fair Foundations programme.
The programme was very well received by the schools, they truly welcomed our support. Seeing first-hand the differences the programme has made in schools across Wales has been one of the highlights of my career, and knowing the children who’ll be attending the schools we’ve supported will be benefitting from a gender-aware learning environment is truly rewarding for me and the team.

Final Project Evaluation for the Fair Foundations Strand.

This strand had two elements: establishing links with the Sector Skills Councils and the Fair Foundations programme. In terms of working with the Sector Skills Councils the research found that the project has developed links with the following Sector Skills Councils:
Cogent (Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Nuclear, Oil and Gas, Petroleum and Polymer Industries).
Construction Skills (Construction Industry).
E-Skills (IT and Telecoms).
Semta (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies).
Lantra (Land based and environmental Industries).
The ‘It’s Your Choice’ campaign has developed some publicity and communications work to promote female apprenticeships.
Stakeholders consider that the strand of the project has been very proactive in the way that it engages with, and forms links with partners

The Fair Foundations programme was evaluated as follows:

Practitioners interviewed as part of the evaluation consider that the project staff have been very proactive in engaging.
The team has had a grasp of the importance of working with schools to understand how best the Educators activities can be delivered in the light of the priorities and pressure points already presented by the core curriculum and other school activities.
The impacts associated with the Educators strand are more difficult to identify than for the other elements of the programme since that the changes in young people’s perceptions and ultimately the numbers of women entering under-represented industries will manifest over the long term. However, the approach taken by the strand has been based on evidence around the most appropriate types of stakeholder and age groups of children to work with, and in so doing the work has provided teachers and stakeholders with the tools to support the further development of gender aware learning environments and approaches.

To help ensure all children have the opportunity to explore, learn and play in gender-aware environments was at the core of Agile Nation’s Fair Foundations programme.

Transnational ~ the combination of strands developed and delivered by Agile Nation offered an innovative approach to challenging the gender pay gap in Wales.


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