Same-Sex Classrooms Essay
academic achievement of boys and girls at key stage 2 and key stage 4 in schools in England.
Academically the students do better, because the teachers are taught how to teach both sexes according to the way they learn best. This …show more content…
classrooms, with teachers tolerating a more relaxed and friendly attitude, being less stressed because
there was less off-task behavior and more willing to talk about things they knew would interest classes.
Girls, in particular, felt that they learned better because the teachers could teach more, with less need to
be continually disciplining disruptive boys; boys felt that they received more teaching and more attention
from their teachers because girls were not there to dominate the questioning. Boys in particular, claimed
that single-sex classes in English allowed them more freedom to work harder without worrying about
stereotypical expectations and their own image, particularly that they were not supposed to enjoy English.
They spoke of being able to talk about feelings and express opinions about books and poetry, to target
coursework without feeling intimidated by girls, and to study and enjoy the romantic texts. Equally, girls
spoke of it being ‘far less embarrassing when doing talks if the blokes aren’t there to rubbish you’, of
‘being able to say what you really feel about plays and emotional stuff and things like that’ and of there
being ‘no pressure to be loud and funny in front of the guys’. Boys, too, acknowledged ‘feeling more