Yet again the argument has resurfaced about which is better, single-sex or co-ed schooling: would boys in particular work better on their own?
Indeed, speaking to the Sunday Times, the first male president of the Girls’ School Association (GSA), Alun Jones, called for boys to be “protected” from high achieving girls by being educated in boys-only schools, especially aged 11-16.
This, he argues, would halt their underperformance at key stages of academic achievement: GCSE results, A-level results and application to universities.
I grow tired of these same old arguments being trotted out year after year. Why? Because it should seem abundantly clear to most sensible teachers and parents that there are obvious benefits on both sides of this debate – and that neither single-sex nor co-ed schools can ever be judged to be “best”.