Niall Hickey

Gender stereotypes are evident in every school and in particular my school which I started teaching in 3 years ago. The school and local area is very much GAA focused outside of academic performance. I have had incidents where boys didn’t want girls on their teams because they say soccer and Gaa were for boys and that the girls weren’t as good. I had to address this issue straight away and highlighted the success of local girls teams and also Irish ladies teams in the past. I think using development education can help the children understand the important of having equality in relation to gender in all areas of school and not just in PE as I feel sports people put themselves under extra pressure during games and as a result can affect their academic performance on that day.

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