For parents who opt to invest in private education, choosing the right school can be a daunting task. Amongst other considerations, the decision between a single sex and co-educational schools is likely to be part of the equation. To help you make the best decision for your child, I have teamed up with an independent school in Harpenden to highlight some of the benefits of a single sex learning environment to help you decide if this would be the right fit for your child.
The Benefits of a Single-Sex vs. a Co-educational School
Single sex schools are able to tailor their teaching methods to best suit the gender they are catering to. Teachers at an all-girls school are experts in teaching girls, knowing which teaching methods deliver the greatest results. They are equipped with understanding of how to encourage and support girls in the most effective way, be it in an educational capacity or in supporting their health and wellbeing.
Of course, ‘real life’ is co-ed. Your child will be integrated into dual-sex environments once they leave school, be it at university or in their professional careers. One could argue that co-ed schools are the best way to develop your child’s social skills and prepare them for later life. While it has been seen that boys generally do as well in co-ed as they do in single sex learning environments, girls leaving single-sex schools tend to be more confident than their co-ed counterparts. This could be accredited to a classroom free from gender stereotypes or battles with sometimes dominant male peers.
Whatever you ultimately decide it is always important to let your child play a part in the decision making. You know them better than anyone, and what may be right for someone else’s child might not be the best choice for your own. Talk to them and empower them by letting them feel they have some control over their own education. Remember that they are more likely to achieve in an environment where they feel happy and supported, so let that be the driving force behind any decision you make.