The Telegraph is reporting claims from the female head of a leading boarding school that single sex education is better for teenage girls as it takes the pressure off them to try to impress boys in a “sexualised world”…
Rhiannon Wilkinson, head of Wycombe Abbey in Buckinghamshire, suggested female pupils were allowed to “remain girls for longer” at boarding school so they can focus on their work.
She added single boys hold girls back because girls mature faster and it is best for their education to grow in a “boys free” environment.
Speaking to the Telegraph, she said: “My wide educational experience in both mixed and girls’ schools has shown me clearly that girls are best served educationally in their teenage years in a boy-free work environment.
“Most psychological studies suggest that girls and boys develop at different rates and that girls are far in advance of boys through the teenage years: it is in a girl’s best interests to be educated separately, at least until boys catch up with her…”
Do you agree with the comments made here by Rhiannon Wilkinson or would you say there are other factors that make mixed education a better option for girls and boys?
Some schools use the diamond method where mixed schools use single sex classes between 11 and 16 – is that a route that could or should be considered more often?
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