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"There has been a feeling that we have reached sexual equality and perhaps that means it has fallen off the agenda.
It is time to put it firmly back there." There was a role for Education Scotland, the General Teaching Council and for the Scottish Government to do more, she added.
Katie Horsburgh, 16, a Girlguiding Scotland member who has been campaigning on the issue, said: "Schools should be safe and empowering places for girls to learn and reach their full potential.
No girl should ever leave home in the morning fearful of facing harassment in the classroom or being subjected to sexist behaviour and attitudes." Ceris Aston, information officer for YWCA Scotland, a campaign organisation for young women, said girls reported being cat-called and harassed on the way to school.
The EIS will this week send out its new teachers' guide, Getting it Right for Girls, in response to research in which teachers reported witnessing girls being "pushed, grabbed and groped", and being subject to sexist – and sometimes graphic – verbal abuse.
Staff claimed girls and young women were also objectified on the basis of their looks, and that the attitudes of some boys towards both female staff and pupils could be "dismissive and contemptuous".
We found that many girls were not pushing back against misogyny - there was an expectation of being harassed, groped and grabbed."There were places at school where you would not want to walk past on your own," she said.If the teachers had overheard the comments, the boys would have got reprimanded, she acknowledged.The guide to tackling misogyny recommends that nurseries, primary and secondary schools, as well as further and higher educational institutions need to develop policies that specifically addresses gender equality and violence against women, and detail strategies to challenge it.Suggestions include school assemblies on the issue, cross curricular work themed around violence against women, as well as regular and open discussion with pupils on topics including derogatory language and pornography.
'In my school sexual harassment wasn't treated as sexual harassment' IT'S not just the way some boys leer at you, according to Shannon Baird, 17, a former pupil of St Andrew's Academy in Paisley.