Gender-neutral schools’ pupils have no gender prejudice in choosing friends

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From Wall To Wall Media WANTED: A FAMILY OF MY OWN Thursday 24th April 2014 on ITV 1 Pictured: Posed my Model ..back of a child cycling away from the camera The profoundly life changing process of adoption is uncovered in this new four part series. Following the stories of parents desperate to adopt and children who need families, cameras have been granted access into many defining moments of the adoption process from prospective parents meetings with social workers and facing adoption panels, to the moment a child leaves their foster carers and meets their new parents for the first time. Presented by Nicky Campbell, himself adopted as a baby, the series sets out to provide an intimate insight into adoption in Britain today, through the experiences of children and couples followed at close quarters as they progress through the proceedings involved. Please credit photographer Alistair Campbell (c) ITV For further information please contact Peter Gray 0207 157 3046 peter.gray@itv.com This photograph is (C) ITV and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme WANTED A FAMILY OF MY OWN. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com

Young children are more likely to play with both girls and boys if their schools or preschools are promoting gender neutrality, a new study held in Sweden showed. Teachers will also avoid gender specific behaviors such as complimenting a girl on her clothes or hair, and books are carefully curated to avoid traditional presentations of gender and parenting roles. Gendered pronouns ‘he\she’ are also avoided. Dr Ben Kenward, one of the researchers on the study, told The Local children has more opportunities for “developing and learning”. “If you don’t limit yourself according to gender you have more opportunities for developing, learning and exposing yourself to situations that allow you to develop. So, for example, if you’re a girl and you don’t avoid the building block toys, or if you’re a boy you don’t avoid playing families. Boys and girls can all develop through these learning opportunities. Avoiding playing with children of the opposite gender is something which means you’re not experiencing certain kinds of interactions that could help you to develop” he added.

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