BBC Newsround: challenging gender stereotypes with primary school children on International Women’s Day

“Four inspirational women with pretty cool jobs” top today’s edition of CBBC’s Newsround, which shows our activities with schools in action.

Firefighter Amy, robotics engineer Caroline, train driver Tahira and construction project manager Cassie met with Year 6 children at Coppull Parish Primary School, Chorley to help challenge gender stereotypes.

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The children had the chance to ask the volunteers about their jobs and some of the equipment they use, bringing their roles to life.

“Our research shows gender stereotyping is set from a young age, with children as young as five having stereotypical views about the jobs people do,” says Nick Chambers, CEO of the Education and Employers charity.

 “Meeting people in different jobs is a simple way to dispel such limiting assumptions. Giving primary-age children the chance to speak with real-life role models taps into their natural curiosity and encourages them to picture new possibilities for their own futures.” 

Find out more

Inspiring The Future and its counterpart for primary schools, Primary Futures, is the free service run by the Education and Employers charity which connects schools with workplace volunteers.

You can sign up as a school or to volunteer:

Schools – sign-up
Get involved – volunteer