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Seven in ten teachers say they have been victims of misogyny in the workplace, according to research published by NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union today.

In a survey of 1586 women teachers 72% said they had been a victim of misogyny in their school and more than half (53%) said they didn’t feel their school or college was doing enough to tackle the problem.

The findings are being released ahead of representatives debating a motion on misogyny in schools at the NASUWT Annual Conference in Birmingham.

Members said the misogyny they experienced had come from across the school community, with 58% saying they had experienced misogyny from pupils, 45% from members of their school’s senior leadership team, 42% from other teachers, 30% from their headteacher and 27% from parents.

Asked to indicate the nature of the behaviour, the majority of responses highlighted intimidatory, undermining or unprofessional behaviour (76%), followed by comments about their ability (51%), intellect (33%), body (32%), teaching style (30%) and clothing (29%).

Disturbingly, sexual violence and physical violence was cited in 3% of cases.

The way misogyny manifested itself was in most instances verbal (89%) and non-verbal behaviour or body language (60%).

One in 20 said the misogyny had been posted on social media and of those Facebook, WhatsApp and TikTok where most commonly mentioned as the platform used.

Of the half of respondents who said they reported misogyny to their school, 45% said no action was taken and one in five teachers (20%) said they were not believed or their claims were dismissed.

When it came to their career and job opportunities, four in ten teachers believed misogyny led to a lack of promotional opportunities for them and more than a quarter (27%) believed it prevented them gaining access  to higher salaries in the form of moving up the pay scale or access to TLR payments.

The vast majority (69%) felt misogyny made the workplace an unpleasant environment in which to work.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“It is outrageous that so many women teachers continue to suffer this kind of appalling abuse in their workplaces.

“Our schools and colleges must be safe places for all staff and no woman should ever feel harassed, scared or intimidated just by going to work.

“Women and girls in schools and colleges must be able to feel safe, secure and respected at all times.

“Misogyny has no place in our schools and colleges, workplaces or on our streets.”

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