Friday 8 November 2019

What are the Benefits of Single Sex Education?

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When it comes to choosing a school for your child it is a huge decision and one we all want to get right! It is a huge step for a child to start school and a nerve wracking time for us parents too. We all want our children to find the perfect school where they can learn, thrive and make great friends especially since the schools we choose are where our children will spend the next 12+ years of their childhood.

There are many different types of schools to choose from including public schools and private or tuition schools and even same sex schools. Deciding what type of school you would like your chid to go to can really help when it comes to narrowing down your search for the perfect school.

Families choose to send their children to single-sex schools for a number of different reasons.  Some parents feel that there are fewer distractions at a single-sex school, while others make the decision based on their religious beliefs. For many the decision is based purely on the location of the school or the attractive facilities. 

In the article below an independent day school for girls, located in Harpenden, explores the benefits of single-sex education… 

There are many negative opinions and preconceptions associated with single-sex schools. Lots of parents feel that they are outdated and believe they can have a negative impact on a child’s social skills. This is because children can only interact with the same gender. However, there are many advantages to a single-sex environment and socialising with the opposite gender is always possible outside of the classroom. 

Despite their negative preconceptions, single sex schools are still a very popular choice for parents, due to the many educational advantages they offer. Research also shows that students of gender-specific schools typically achieve better grades on standardised tests. Many believe that these better grades are due to the fact that students feel more comfortable and confident in their learning environment, and they are able to join in discussions more freely during lessons. 

Co-educational schools often highlight gender stereotypes when it comes to particular subjects or activities. For example, you will usually find more boys in the sports clubs and more girls joining the choir. However, students in single-sex schools feel more at ease when exploring different interests, without fear of judgement.  

Whether or not a single-sex school is the right choice for your child will depend on their individual preferences. Be sure to involve them in the decision making and visit lots of schools to find their perfect match. 

Ultimately, I discovered from my own experience, that sometimes we don't always get it right the first time and choosing a school for our children is such a hard choice. Don't rush into it, make sure you attend as many open days as possible and if you can, take your child along. The best way to see how your child will get on at a school is seeing them in the school and then talking to them about what they liked/disliked about the space too. 

The choice should be about you and your child so whatever your choice, ensure it works for your family.


**This is a collaborative post in which I received a fee.**

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