Don't Be A Girl About It: stereotypes, confidence and mindset in physical activity
Working with Astrea Academy Trust and funded by the Laurel Trust, this project took a snapshot of the attitudes of girls and female school staff to physical activity and established that attitudes could be changed through an intervention focusing on addressing gender stereotypes. Confidence of girls and female school staff was built through courses combining physical activity and mindset awareness.
Findings of previous research indicating an awareness of gender stereotypes and emergence of lack of confidence in sport in girls from age 7 onwards were reflected in the schools in which we worked. Female staff also showed a lack of confidence in their own physical abilities. Courses mixing physical, running-based, activities with mindset awareness improved the confidence of both pupils and staff in physical activity, impacting on participation as well as other areas of participants’ lives. Schools benefitted from increased staff knowledge and confidence, stronger staff and pupil relationships, staff leadership and role modelling.
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