Educating Girls: Teaching Approaches to Helping Girls Thrive

Learn how to support girls’ academic success in school and professional success after school with this course for educators.

Educating Girls: Teaching Approaches to Helping Girls Thrive

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
  • Learn Free
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Learn to help young women thrive through your teaching approach

A lot of thought has been put into helping boys in the classroom, but we must not assume that teaching girls is easy. How can we help girls succeed in school and beyond? Find out with this course from the Girls’ Day School Trust, the leading group of girls’ schools in the UK.

You will learn practical ways to enhance the quality of learning for girls, examining different aspects of teaching that are ‘girl-friendly’ according to research and experience.

This course aims to start a conversation between teachers about the teaching approaches that best help girls succeed in school and beyond school.

What topics will you cover?

  • Confidence: building resilience and challenge in learning
  • Communication: promoting talk for learning
  • Collaboration: developing partnerships for learning
  • Consideration: does gender still matter in learning?

When would you like to start?

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  • Available nowThis course started 20 Jan 2020

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify effective teaching strategies for girls and factors that can limit girls reaching their full potential
  • Explore the themes of confidence, communication, collaboration and gender in the context of the classroom and the impact this has on the workplace
  • Evaluate strategies that can help girls build confidence and respond positively to learning challenges
  • Reflect on, analyse and understand the implications of the course for your own practice

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with a professional interest in shaping the learning experiences of girls.

What do people say about this course?

An excellent course; informative, interesting and well-structured and presented. I would eagerly join any future GDST offerings available.

A previous learner on the course

This was my first online course and I have thoroughly enjoyed it! I found some of the videos particularly inspiring.

A previous learner on the course

Who will you learn with?

Cathy  Walter

Cathy Walter

As a former teacher and senior leader in schools, I am now the Assistant Director of Education at the Girls’ Day School Trust.

Who developed the course?

Girls' Day School Trust

The GDST (Girls’ Day School Trust) is the leading group of independent girls’ schools in the UK, with nearly 4,000 staff, 20,000 students aged between three and 18 and a network of 70,000 alumnae.

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