Sky News reports that sexual harassment of girls is widespread in mixed schools according to new research from the National Education Union.
Sexist language and gender stereotypes are part of a classroom culture which has led to more than a third (37%) of girls experiencing sexual harassment while at school
In an anonymous survey completed by more than 1,500 secondary school students in England and Wales, 66% of female students and 37% of male students in mixed-sex sixth forms say they have experienced or witnessed the use of sexist language in schools. It was a trend also noted by teachers, 64% said they hear sexist language in schools on at least a weekly basis.
Campaigners want the Government to issue new national guidelines on how to prevent and respond to the growing problem.
They are also calling for teachers to receive the necessary training, resources and support to develop a strategy for tackling sexism from primary to secondary education.
Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary at the National Education Union, said: “As we come to the end 2017, we’ve lived through a year in which sexual harassment of women and girls has been at the forefront of the public eye. This study shows us how normalised and pervasive it is for young people also.”
The findings are being launched on Tuesday in the Houses of Parliament, with speakers including Women and Equalities Committee chair Maria Miller MP and fellow committee member Gavin Shuker MP.
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