Boys and girls need separate classes to close gender gap (UK)

UK Telegraph 04 Jan 07
Boys should be taught separately to stop them falling further behind girls as part of an extensive overhaul of the education system, a powerful Government-backed review says today. At Moulsham High, girls and boys are taught separately until they’re 14. Teachers should be encouraged to tailor classes to fit the needs of boys, with more emphasis on “competitive” lessons and the reading of non-fiction books, according to the review, chaired by Christine Gilbert, the head of Ofsted, the schools watchdog.The recommendation follows the publication of GCSE results last summer which showed that boys were achieving a level of performance that girls had reached seven years before. Today’s report calls for a huge shake-up in the way education is delivered over the next 15 years to ensure that school leavers in 2020 have all the requisite skills.

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