The following is taken from an article on the BBC website.
Almost half (49%) of state-funded mixed schools in England are "reinforcing gender stereotypes" in terms of the subjects students study at A-level. This is according to a report published on Monday by the Institute of Physics. It says these schools are failing to counter the idea that certain subjects are for girls and others are for boys.The institute is calling on schools to address the issue to avoid inadvertently limiting pupils' options.
- Four out of five state-funded co-educational schools do no better than the national gender ratios for A-level subject choice. These average ratios are already very imbalanced
- Single sex schools are significantly better at countering these gender imbalances
- Schools with a sixth form have smaller gender imbalances
- Independent co-educational schools perform better than state-funded schools, but there are far fewer of them
- There are differences between regions and local authorities that experts say will require further research to explain.