Teachers’ leader condemns sexist bullying of ‘swotty’ girls

Sexist bullying in schools is inhibiting girls from putting up their hands and speaking out in class because they fear appearing “swotty and clever”, according to a senior teachers’ leader. Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said sexist bullying was still prevalent in the classroom, where girls often felt under pressure to “keep quiet and listen to the boys talking”. Speaking before the ATL’s annual conference, which opens in Liverpool on Monday, Bousted described “the tightrope” girls walk between being attractive and achieving at…

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