Government still has no strategy for tackling sexism in schools, say teachers

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Criticism comes as thousands of students share experiences of sexual harassment and abuse

Teachers have criticised the government for failing to create a national strategy to tackle sexism in schools, as thousands of students come forward to share experiences of sexual harassment and abuse at school and university as part of a new initiative to tackle rape culture.

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The National Education Union (NEU) said it was disappointed the Department for Education hadn’t taken a “stronger lead” after their report in 2017 found a third of girls had been sexually harassed at mixed-sex schools. It urged the government to “rethink the curriculum” as the country moves out of Covid to ensure teachers have the time and resources to deal with the issue.

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