What are the advantages of single sex schools? The age-old debate around single sex schools versus mixed schools is back on the educational agenda once more, with experts from across the education sector still divided single sex schools cons the subject.
These figures have opened up the single sex schools debate for discussion again. In this article we look at single sex schools pros and cons and ask which option really does provide the best possible education for our youngest generations? The advantages of single sex schools Why are single sex schools good for education? Many educational experts believe that girls and boys have different learning needs and that in single sex schools teachers can use particular techniques designed specifically to suit the gender of their school. Girls, for example, prefer collaborative and discussion-based learning while boys can dominate discussions and group-based teamwork. Some research into gender differences in learning even looks at how girls and boys respond differently to changes in temperature, suggesting that girls prefer warmer rooms while boys prefer to learn in cooler conditions.
Single sex schools make it possible to adapt the learning environment to suit the differing needs of boys or girls. There’s a widespread belief that single sex schools help to challenge gender stereotypes and broaden the educational aspirations of both girls and boys. Single sex schools enable girls and boys to feel free to learn and discover any subject, with girls able to pursue interest in male-dominated subjects such as maths and science and boys able to explore music and the arts. Are mixed schools the way forward?