Schools could make curriculum and policy changes amid women’s safety call

Curriculum and policy changes could be made by schools, while increasing demands are made to combat violence and harassment against women and girls.

One facility is considering introducing self-defense classes for younger students, while another is now allowing girls to wear strappy tops on uneven days.

Julie Keller, director of Nottingham Girls’ High School, told PA news agency that senior students feel they have a “call to action” following the death of 33-year-old Sarah Everard.

“I think there will be a new wave, a new movement in this discussion about women and their safety. I think that’s really important,” said Ms. Keller.

She told PA that the school intends to start self-defense classes from the seventh grade after parents requested that the training be offered earlier in school, given recent events and discussions.

“Parents are aware that their daughters are talking and they want things, they want support, they want help and they want their daughters to feel safe when they are not going to school,” said Ms. Keller.

Their comments come because allegations of a “rape culture” have caused widespread concern in a number of private schools.

Thousands of testimonials have been posted on Everybody’s Invited website, where people can anonymously share experiences of misogyny, harassment, abuse and assault.

Portsmouth High School principal Jane Prescott said an eighth grade student raised concerns about unified school policy after reading a testimonial online about women criticized for their clothing.

She told PA that some girls had suggested that the rules for inconsistent days were “pretty old-fashioned”.

Ms. Prescott told PA, “I’ve adjusted it in light of what you said because I think it’s pretty important that we listen to their experiences and how they think we should react.”

She added, “We had a rule that you can wear jeans, but they can’t have rips. All designer jeans are ripped now. Why do we have this? I mean, I think it’s a hangover from the past, so we got rid of that.

“There were others who wore sleeveless tops with straps that were too thin. Again, it’s now irrelevant so we got rid of that. And we just have a statement that says this is a work environment and they must dress appropriately. “

Ms. Prescott, president of the Girls’ School Association, said, “I think the girls who are in our schools know exactly what is going on in the world. They like to have a voice and they like to Make change. If you can help someone through your actions, if you can promote change, then they will. “

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