Boys better at English in single-sex classes
28 April 2008
Recent CMPO research finds that peer-group environment can have important effects on educational success. In one study boys are found to perform better at English in single-sex classes.
In a second working paper, Steven Proud ('Girl Power? An analysis of peer effects using exogenous changes in the gender make-up of the peer group', CMPO Working Paper 08/186 [PDF 416KB]) reports ‘large significant negative effects of a more female peer group on boy’s outcomes in English, whilst in maths and science, both boys and girls benefit from a more able peer group up until age 11.’
Understandably these findings attracted media interest: use this link for more information about the media coverage.
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