Girls excel in same sex classes



SAME sex classes have been trialled in schools throughout Gladstone with mixed success, but the subject has resurfaced with the introduction of a trial in West Australian state high schools.

Toolooa State High School head of English Simon Done said the school commenced a trial five years ago in the Key Learning Areas of maths, social science and English.

'We found the girls performed better in the segregated class and in Year 10 they requested to be kept together for English,' he said.

He said their success had to do with a number of factors, including their English teacher's experience and the students' own interest and academic ability in the subject. However, he said for various reasons the boys' class did not continue beyond Year 8 and the students were absorbed into other mixed classes.

'In the case of the girls, I think they've formed a really strong bond and it's worked well, but it's too difficult to pinpoint specific reasons because we don't know that they wouldn't have performed equally well in a mixed class,' he said.



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