Boys do better academically without girls - study

Drive 04/09/2018
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Boys do better at single-sex schools, simple as that, according to new research.

The Victoria University research, commissioned by the Association of Boys' Schools of New Zealand, compared the academic results of young men in years 11-13 at single sex schools with those at co-ed schools.

Between 2013 and 2016 the boys at the single sex schools gained qualifications in greater proportions than their co-educated counterparts.

Dave Ferguson, president of the Association of Boys' Schools, says the research is pretty clear – there’s not one exception in the data across the seven-year study.

“The fact we can concentrate on boys and try and create a brilliant experience for boys…” he said.

He also suggests that single-sex schools are free of “gender stereotypes potentially impacting what they're doing at school”.

For example, boys may be more inclined to study art or music at a single-sex school, Mr Ferguson says.   

However a Wellington boys' school principal isn't so convinced by the research.

Scots College headmaster Graeme Yule says girls aren't the problem, and that the genders need to develop the ability to interact with each other.

"It's becoming increasingly important that both young men and young women are able to communicate and understand one another as they transition out of school," he told RadioLIVE.

Female students will join Scots College's all-male roll from 2020.

Listen to the full interview with Dave Ferguson above.

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