Separate boys from girls, says top head

Boys should be protected from the classroom domination of girls by being taught in single- sex classes between the ages of 11 and 16, according to Alun Jones, the first male leader of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA).

In an interview with The Sunday Times this weekend, Jones, who is principal of St Gabriel’s, in Newbury, Berkshire, said teenage girls were intimidating boys in schools nationwide by being cleverer and keener in class.

If you have a very bright, very driven, very focused, very articulate young lady, which a lot of girls are, that intimidates a boy in a classroom, especially boys of average ability,” said Jones, who is also a schools inspector. Figures reveal girls are outstripping boys at every stage of the education system. Boys now lag behind girls at both GCSE and A-level and are much less likely to apply to university.

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