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Dear David Coleman: Will single-sex schooling be bad for my children?

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There are too many variables to consider to make a clear judgement

There are too many variables to consider to make a clear judgement

There are too many variables to consider to make a clear judgement

Q I have a two-year-old boy and twin babies, a boy and girl. In our area, the schools are mixed up to first class and then they have to go to single sex schools. I don't agree with single-sex schools but I'm particularly concerned about the impact it'll have on my daughter as she'll be separated from her brothers after three years. I would really appreciate your thoughts on whether you think this kind of school set up would negatively impact them.

David replies: It is almost impossible to tell what impact moving to a single-sex school will have on your children. There are pros and cons to single-sex schools. If you feel the cons outweigh the pros, then that might be the most important factor that you consider in planning for their education.

The separation from her brothers is only one other factor that might influence your daughter's experience of moving to the new school in second class. Her temperament, resilience, academic ability, sociability, friend-group and so on will all be important too.

She may have a nice group of friends and so be very happy to move on, with them,  to the new school. Or she may not. She may love being in school with just girls, or she may not. There are too many variables to consider to be able to make a clear judgement at this stage.

If you need to make a decision this early, then perhaps you need to decide based on your own preference for single-sex or mixed education.

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