Boosting achievement amongst girls at Parliament Hill Susan Higgins, headteacher of Parliament Hill girls’ school, believes that while the past decade has focused the gender debate on boys, there is still a job of work to be done around girls and achievement. Middle-class girls and girls from families with high aspirations may be doing well, but there is a culture of low aspirations in other groups, which schools need to tackle. Her school’s intake includes students from a ward with some of the highest national incidences of domestic violence, plus a population whose diversity raises a range of gender issues for girls.

This film explores how the school tackles some of these issues and seeks to promote ambition and achievement amongst all its girls.

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