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Overview and Aims

This series of six seminars will cover the following themes:

Theme 1: Girls and academic achievement

  • Girls’ relationships to academic success
  • Excluded and low-attaining girls

Theme 2: Girls’ experiences in the schooling system

  • Girls and the school curriculum
  • Girls experiences of school life

Theme 3: Relationships between girls’ out-of-school experiences and school life

  • Girls and their social worlds
  • Marginal femininities

The ‘Girls and Education 3-16’ seminar series will enable researchers, practitioners and policy makers to come together to discuss current concerns about girls’ education in the UK, and to consider new research agendas, policy imperatives and ways forward for practice. By sharing our findings, across age-phases and within- and out-of-school settings, participants will move towards a deeper and broader understanding of theoretical issues, policies and educational practices that will contribute towards the long-term aim of building a more gender-equitable society.

Recent concerns about boys’ comparative ‘underachievement’ have meant that girls have largely been sidelined in the educational research, policy and practice agendas in recent years. Nevertheless, previous problems persist for girls, such as disempowering experiences in schooling, their avoidance of high-status, masculine-labelled subjects such as mathematics and physical sciences, and their increasing reluctance to take part in physical education as they get older. At the same time, newer concerns are emerging around the numbers of girls formally and informally excluded from schooling, and increases in drug and alcohol use, particularly in the 12-16 age group.

In order to address these issues and to identify new agendas, the seminar series will pursue the following aims:

  • To provide a forum in which researchers, policy makers and practitioners can identify and explore current and future agendas around girls and schooling
  • To link together findings from a number of research projects which relate to girls, identities and education, across all phases of schooling and both in- and out-of-school settings
  • To provide the opportunity for networking between researchers, policy makers and practitioners, in order to form the basis for future collaborative research projects.

Cardiff University



Lancaster University



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