Girls’ Academic Attainment
GSA’s report, which analyses the most recent data available from the Department of Education (DfE), continues to show that girls in girls’ schools consistently outperform their peers academically.
Comparing 2021-2022 with 2018-2019 data (information being unavailable in the intervening COVID-19 pandemic years) reveals girls in girls’ schools maintain a first position academically, and hearteningly act as agents of positive change for every girl, with girls in all types of schools showing an uplift across the board for maths and sciences.
Proven repeatedly, it is clear that a girls-only education empowers young women to unleash their full potential and ambition to be the stateswomen of their own lives. Girls’ schools create nourishing learning environments made for girls, and the girls’ impressive achievements and high-level of engagement are arresting.
Understanding the Experience of Girls from Disadvantaged Backgrounds and Girls with SEND in Single-Sex Schools
The Girls’ Schools Association established the UK’s biggest cross-sector research partnership in single-sex girls’ schools in 2022, representing a unified collaboration between the independent and state sectors.
In this first report, developed in partnership with ImpactEd, GSA provides a welcome focus to the experience and outcomes of disadvantaged students and students with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) from single-sex girls’ schools.
Over the past few years, and particularly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, several research projects revealed that teenage girls can often have worse non-cognitive outcomes than their male peers. In light of these findings, GSA sought to understand outcomes for girls and investigate how different educational environments can impact upon their experiences.
GSA Members can access the GSA Research Library in the MemberZone (login required) to keep abreast of the latest evidence-based insights. Each week this library is updated with newly released relevant research.
Other sources of useful information:
The Independent Schools Council (ISC) provides a picture of where independent schools sit within the UK’s education landscape, conducting regular research such as the Annual Census as well as bespoke research to inform the work of schools in the sector.
The International Coalition of Girls’ Schools (ICGS) in the Unites States conducts, sponsors, and disseminates research on the issues of importance to girls’ schools, education, and development.