Boy trouble: is gender important in education?
Young men today are less likely to go to university than their female counterparts. Boys are more likely to have special educational needs and to be permanently excluded from school than girls. They are also underperforming compared to girls in most GCSE subjects, with the exception of maths and physics. The DfES, while recognising that there is an issue, believes that focusing on the social background of boys and girls is more significant. So what is happening to boys at school and why are they underperforming? Is it helpful to look at education in terms of gender?
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former history head of department and Edexcel examiner with over 13 years’ experience of classroom teaching