Education and skills

Overall, girls are achieving in education and out-performing boys at school. Women also take up more in-work training.


Reportage photograph. Interior. School classroom. School pupil engaging in a physics experiment.

Girls remain under-represented in subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Maths.

Overall, girls are achieving in education and out-performing boys at school. Women also take up more in-work training.

However, gender stereotyping remains a problem with girls under-represented in subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Maths, and in colleges, dominating in areas such as hair and beauty.

This leads to increased gender segregation in the workplace.

It’s important that work is done to help broaden girls’ horizons so that they can reach their full potential and have access to a wider variety of career options.

You can read the most recent briefings and consultation responses we’ve written on this topic below.

 

Priorities for the Children, Young People and Education Committee

August 2016

In this response we set out the key areas we would like the Children, Young People and Education Committee to consider during the Fifth Assembly term. These include incorporating an awareness of gender inequality and stereotyping into curriculum reform, teacher training, the inspection process and careers advice.

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Consultation Response HEFCW Higher Education Strategy for Wales

October 2016

In this response we outline our suggestions for adopting stronger strategic intentions to show commitment to addressing gender inequalities in the HE sector.

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Stakeholder Consultation – Qualifications Wales.

January 2016

As a key stakeholder of Qualifications Wales we were asked to contribute to research into measuring confidence in qualifications and qualifications system in Wales.

This response sets out our recommendations for creating a qualifications system that delivers equally for men and women.

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Briefing Paper. Apprenticeships that deliver for all.

November 2015

A briefing paper highlighting the gendered nature of apprenticeships and potential policy solutions.

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The Diamond Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance in Wales.

June 2015

Our response to this review highlights how funding for Higher Education in Wales must support flexible and innovative ways of delivering education and can be used to support Universities to help tackle gender inequality.

Our Response
 

Response to the STEM Inquiry.

April 2014

Our response to the National Assembly for Wales Enterprise and Business Committee follow-up inquiry into STEM.

Our Response
 

Enterprise and Business Committee inquiry into apprenticeships in Wales.

March 2012

There is very little gender disaggregated data available on apprenticeships in Wales to measure the extent of gender segregation. However, analysis of data at a UK level shows that in 2010 only 3% of Engineering apprenticeship starters were women.

Our Response
 

Welsh Government Consultation — A new national youth work strategy for Wales 2013 – 2018.

September 2013

There is a need for more gender disaggregated data to be collected by both the statutory and voluntary youth services so we have an accurate picture of any gender differences between service users.

This will be a first step in developing appropriate gender specific interventions which may have more impact.

Our Response