Primary school headteacher in Birmingham bans ‘damaging sexist’ phrases like ‘boys and girls’

Apr 30, 2021 by

by Kate Plummer, Independent:

A Birmingham primary school has banned phrases like “man up” and “good morning boys and girls” due to concerns that they are sexist.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Sarah Hewitt Clarkson, the headteacher of Anderton Park Primary, said the phrase “good morning everyone” should be used instead of “boys and girls” because it does not create a gender divide and includes those people who might not identify as either sex.

She said: “Of course we use the words boys and girls if you just think about it for a minute it’s a slightly strange way of dividing a room of people and just ‘good morning everyone’ is more inclusive.

“There may be a couple of children in schools who don’t really identify as a boy or a girl so ‘good morning everyone’ is a far more inclusive way of saying everyone instead of choosing a division that is one particular characteristic of your person.”

Children at the school are taught to hold up posters calling out teachers when they use the banned terms. At the end of each week, two pupils reportedly receive certificates for flagging the best examples.

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