Lesley Irving-Women in education and employment-the Scottish context

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1st November 2011

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Lesley Irving-Women in education and employment-the Scottish context

  1. 1. Women in Education & Employment The Scottish Context Lesley Irving Equality Unit Scottish Government Global Community Links
  2. 2. Gender Differences•Throughout the UK, girls are more likely to take arts, languages and humanities subjects •Boys are more likely to takegeography, physical education and information technology Global Community Links
  3. 3. Girls in Education •Scottish Survey of Achievement 2005 – 2009 •2009 – girls had better reading attainment than boys •2008 – limited evidence of boys performing better in mathematics•2007 – boys out performing girls in some areas of science in latter primary and early secondary Global Community Links
  4. 4. Curriculum for Excellence •Greater emphasis on all pupils to be successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributers•‘Career Box’ – resource aims to get 3 – 18 year olds questioning gendered assumptions about jobs women and men do Global Community Links
  5. 5. Be What You Want •Materials for schools challenging gender stereotypes •Produced by Close the Gap parternship•http://www.bewhatyouwant.org.uk/ be-what-you-want.html Global Community Links
  6. 6. Women in Education •In 2009/10 55% of all college students in Scotland were female •In the UK, women’s representation is higher than men’s in most HEsubjects, including medicine and law Global Community Links
  7. 7. Women in Science •Women are more highly represented in some science subjects – biologicalsciences, veterinary sciences and medicine •Men still have higher representation in engineering and the physical sciences Global Community Links
  8. 8. Women in Employment •Royal Society of Edinburgh/Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser – Lifting the Barriers•Estimated that increasing participation of women in UK labour market could be worth £15 - £23bn (1.3 – 2% of GDP) Global Community Links
  9. 9. Women in Science, Technology,Engineering and Mathematics •Women in STEM could account for at least £2bn (Royal Society of Edinburgh/OCSA) •Strategy to attract and retain women into STEM subjects Global Community Links
  10. 10. Occupational Segregation •Barrier to prevent women achieving potential in labour market •Contributes to pay gap •In Scotland 7.2% in 2010, down 4.7% since 2007•In UK 10.2% in 2010, down 2.2% since 2007 (ASHE, using median figure) Global Community Links
  11. 11. Government Action •Close the Gap partnership •Support for Scottish Women’s Resource Centre for women in SET •Occupational segregation as Ministerial gender equality priority - reportshttp://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/ 2010/07/01154459/0 Global Community Links

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