The Hewett School offers a diploma taster day including sessions where boys are introduced to traditionally \”female\” subjects such as hair and beauty, while the girls are encouraged to have a go at subjects like engineering and product design and manufacturing.
Gender differences in subject choice are not restricted to diplomas. Another Norfolk school, Hethersett High, has set up meetings with a group of Year 9s and Year 11s, to get a student perspective on why there are differences between the traditional academic choices made by girls and boys.
Teachers running the groups are surprised to discover just how deeply engrained traditional gender roles remain. They plan strategies like involving parents more in discussing what the options mean and introducing students to more positive gender role models from the world of work.