Treating all children equally
Notre Dame High is the only council-run school in Scotland where children are refused entry because of their gender.
Both girls and boys are impacted. This is because girls have no right to local co-education at Notre Dame High.
Likewise boys are excluded from their local catchment school and cannot choose Notre Dame High.
Getting It Right For Every Child
The Scottish Government promotes Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC). One of the key principles is Inclusion. Children should be able to attend their local school and play an active part in the community where they live and learn.
What is the benefit of gender segregation in schools?
It is 2019. Girls are no longer disadvantaged in UK education. In fact, girls now outperform boys academically at all levels. In 2016, 35% more girls went to university than boys. That gap continues to widen. A girl born in 2016 is 75% more likely to go to university than a boy.
Decades of research has found no academic advantage to single sex schooling. However, there is evidence that gender segregation increases gender stereotyping and entrenches sexist attitudes.
Recent discoveries in Neuroscience have debunked the myth that girls and boys learn differently. Therefore, boys and girls need not be taught separately.
A state funded girls-only school is no longer justified. This is a local school that excludes half the children in its catchment area simply because of their gender.
Co-education fosters co-operation and understanding between the sexes. It allows boys and girls to learn together. It prepares girls and boys for the realities of life.
Children who learn together learn to live together.
How can boys and girls converse in single sex education? How can they make informed decisions about consent? What about body image, gender identity and toxic masculinity? How do girls and boys address these subjects when boys are not present?
Only by treating all our children equally do we teach them true gender equality.