Last Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

DYW - Interesting Practice: Big Me – Ravenswood Primary School

What is this?

This exemplar provides an example of using DYW to discuss gender stereotypes and careers.

Improvement questions

You are invited to use this exemplar to reflect on the following questions:

  • In what ways does the school make space for learners to discuss stereotypes and their impacts on job choice?
  • To what extent is gender stereotype awareness woven through delivery of careers education?
  • How does your establishment focus on the skills and strengths of young people rather than academic achievement?


PDF file: Big me at Ravenswood Primary School (282 KB)

Who is this for?

​This exemplar will be useful for practitioners involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) agenda, and those working towards Improving Gender Balance and Equalities (IGBE)​.

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What was done?

The Big Me is a short programme focussed on gender equality. It provides a starting point for discussions around gender stereotypes and career choice for pupils, teachers and parents.

The programme comprised activities at all stages within the school looking at people’s similarities, skills and strengths in the context of the world of work.

Why was it done?

Ravenswood Primary were proactive in identifying the need to challenge gender stereotypes as part of developing their learners’ understanding of career pathways.

What was the impact?

As well as supporting the school’s DYW programme, the Big Me week acted as a launch for more work on gender balance. Since the focus week, members of staff have increasingly been weaving gender balance into their learning and teaching. Practitioners also felt it tied in with the school’s work on growth mind-sets.