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Education insights: Defying masculine stereotypes, further shake ups to GCSEs and how a summer outdoors can help children recharge

Hello August! The weeks are flying by and once again, we’re bringing you the latest updates and education news so you can stay up to date.

Boys who defy masculine stereotypes get higher grades in GCSEs, study suggests

At Hopscotch, we do a lot of work around busting gender stereotypes, so we were really pleased to see the results from a new survey conducted by Journal of Youth and Adolescence. It revealed that boys who defy traditional masculine stereotypes appear to achieve higher grades in their GCSE exams than boys who embrace them - showing that there was also a link between achievement and a pupil’s approach to gender. Another good reason to keep challenging stereotypes!

BBC Three to work with young people on sitcom about pupil referral units

The BBC have announced that they will produce a scripted comedy based around a pupil referral unit (PRU), partnering with a production company which specialises in helping young people enter the TV and film industry. The show will follow four young people in a PRU, aiming to capture the nature of PRU life and look past the stereotypes. We know that PRU students tend to be underrepresented in the media, and often associated with lots of stereotypes, so we look forward to seeing the comedy!

English GCSE pupils can drop a text in 2021

In a response to a consultation on the 2021 exam series, it was announced earlier this week that pupils sitting English literature in GCSE will be able to sit exams in just three areas of the course, rather than four. English teachers have said that this would mean a lot of pupils would end up dropping poetry. While we understand it can be considered a challenging task (as usually students have to recall poems from memory), we strongly believe in the power and utility of poetry and hope that some schools consider dropping another area.

Scotland's results day: Thousands of pupils have exam grades lowered

As this year’s exams were cancelled for the first time due to lockdown, results were worked out using estimates based on the pupil's performance over the school year and via a national moderation system. As pupils began to receive their results on Tuesday in Scotland, thousands of them were disappointed by receiving lower grades that originally estimated – further disappointment at the end of what has been a very challenging year for them.

Muddy knees and climbing trees: how a summer playing outdoors can help children recharge

We all know that nature is great for kids. Now new research has confirmed it, showing that playing outdoors has many benefits, from enhancing their mental and physical wellbeing to teaching them about the environment. While summer holidays is the perfect opportunity to encourage young people to spend time outside, we believe it is also key to incorporate more outdoor learning time when they are back in school. Some great resources are available out there to get them moving and exploring nature in a school environment, such as the RSPB Schools Wild Challenge. Check it out!

About the author

Clémence Bernard-Colombat

Clémence has a background in PR and Communications, within sustainability and CSR. She is passionate about delivering impactful campaigns to drive behavioural change and making a difference to young people’s lives. At Hopscotch, she works across GSK STEM Education, Shell’s STEM competition and the Gatsby Foundation career programme.

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