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Can split-gender classes narrow the attainment gap?

In an attempt to narrow the attainment gap between boys and girls, lead teacher Adam Riches introduced single-gender teaching groups. Despite initial scepticism, the tweaked and tailored lessons seem to be working

Gender gap

A few years ago, I worked with an assistant head who was phenomenally talented. During your time as a teacher, there will be that one colleague who just inspires you. For me, he was that person.

But this teacher’s methods were not always orthodox. One of the things he did was to divide his history classes by gender so that boys were taught separately to girls. I was dubious about this to begin with. But, after observing how he was able to tailor his teaching to each of the classes, I came to understand the rationale behind the decision.

When I asked him about equality, he simply told me that ...

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