Girls do better if singled out
In girls' schools, there is no gender stereotyping of subjects. Physics and maths at A-level, or a career in engineering, are as possible and as popular as any other option. Girls learn to play to their strengths in a climate uncluttered by reference to "traditionally male" choices.
Co-educational state schools in England are beginning to recognise different developmental and learning needs for boys and girls aged 11-16, and offer single-sex lessons in some lessons.
The Assembly government's policy for equal opportunities, and 14-19 learning pathways scheme, currently include no provision for single-sex options.
Take adolescent girls out of the co-ed classroom and watch their aspirations change.
Dr Brenda Despontin Headmistress Haberdashers' Monmouth school for girls and president of the Girls' Schools Association