Should boys and girls be taught separately in our schools?

The legal wrangle in the courts over whether segregating boys and girls in a mixed-sex Muslim school in Birmingham breaks the law under the Equality Act 2010 has brought questions about the merits of single-sex education back to the fore. However, stepping back from the specifics of this case, is it time to entirely rethink the existence of gender segregation in state-funded education? Proponents of single-sex education point to stark gender divides in subject choices. In 2016, 76% of psychology and 73% of English A-level entries came from girls. On the flip side, more than…

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