NSW Government schools supports all boys and girls to have equal access to a learning environment in which students are empowered to do their best.
What is gender?
Gender refers to the attitudes, beliefs and values we have about being male or female. These attitudes, beliefs and values are influenced by many factors, including family, friends, cultural background, media and the wider community.
Why is gender considered an issue in education?
Current national and international research identifies gender as a factor that can impact on the learning outcomes of boys and girls. Gender is identified as a cross – curriculum focus in NSW Board of Studies syllabuses. The Boys' and Girls' Education Strategy supports schools to explore the impact of gender on the learning outcomes of boys and girls.
The strategy has six objectives that will assist schools to address the diverse learning needs of boys and girls. The Strategy identifies three focus areas where schools can take action to ensure that all boys and girls can achieve their full potential.
Information for parents
Parents and community members play a very important role in working with schools to address boys' and girls' education issues. Parents can find out more information about the Boys' and Girls' Education Strategy by looking at the Parent Information Sheet (pdf 616kb) or contacting their local school.
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