The topic of sex and gender sits at the heart of a cultural debate in schools and across Britain today. In this production, we will examine society's current notions of sex and gender, using both scientific and cultural lenses. Students, teachers and actors explored how we define these terms in a thrilling cross-curricular event. The project drew together learning in Science, PSHE, English, Drama, History, Art and Film and has been performed for Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.

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“This approach gets our attention, it gets us involved and helps us develop an opinion and understanding.”

Student, South East Sixth Form School

Students took part in a theatrical event in which they stepped back in time and explored some of the stories that have led to our current understanding of sex and gender. Along the way worked directly with Historian Dr Jana Funke (Exeter University), Professor of Biochemsitry Dave Hornby (Sheffield University) and Professor of Endocrinology John Wass (Oxford and Royal College of Physicians). This show allowed students to see the curriculum in action and explore beyond its confines with experts in their respective fields.

Below you can find out details of some of the subject areas that were explored through the project.

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THE SCIENCES Supported by academics from Oxford, Exeter and Sheffield Universities, students learnt about: - how hormones work and how they construct our sex in the womb and beyond; - genetics and the delicate role it plays in determining sex; - how our environment and culture create some of the psychological factors that help construct our gender.

THE SCIENCES

Supported by academics from Oxford, Exeter and Sheffield Universities, students learnt about:

- how hormones work and how they construct our sex in the womb and beyond;

- genetics and the delicate role it plays in determining sex;

- how our environment and culture create some of the psychological factors that help construct our gender.

PSHE This project was developed with support from trans awareness group Gendered Intelligence and BFI Flare, the biggest annual LGBTQ+ film festival in the UK.  This research allowed students to explore the difference between assigned/biological sex and gender identity - a National Curriculum requirement.

PSHE

This project was developed with support from trans awareness group Gendered Intelligence and BFI Flare, the biggest annual LGBTQ+ film festival in the UK. 

This research allowed students to explore the difference between assigned/biological sex and gender identity - a National Curriculum requirement.

HISTORY This project offered a fantastic opportunity for History teachers and Humanities departments to develop a scheme of work with the learning teams at Knole or Hanbury Hall that could be used to bring the subject alive for years to come. If you would like to discuss this or anything else about embedding a partnership with Hanbury Hall or Knole into your curriculum, you can reach us through the Contact page.

HISTORY

This project offered a fantastic opportunity for History teachers and Humanities departments to develop a scheme of work with the learning teams at Knole or Hanbury Hall that could be used to bring the subject alive for years to come.

If you would like to discuss this or anything else about embedding a partnership with Hanbury Hall or Knole into your curriculum, you can reach us through the Contact page.

the science connection was just fantastic and it really did have an impact when we came back to the topic at GCSE. I also like the way it opened the door for conversations with teachers. I certainly got to know my students better.
— Head of Science, South London Secondary School