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. State-funded schools must accept every child. They should be able to play an active part in their local school and the community they live in.
Gender equality in the 21st century
Non-standard schools focus is to nurture a particular characteristic. This includes sport, music and language. The school may protect a characteristic to enhance equality for the disadvantaged.
Notre Dame High was established as a fee paying girls school in 1897. Notre Dame has a proud history. It has educated generations of girls in a bygone era that created obstacles to their learning.
Why separate boys and girls?
This past contribution is not in question. However, times have changed. It is 2019 girls in mainstream education in the UK are no longer at a disadvantage. 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.
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. It increases sexist attitudes.
Neuroscience debunks the myth that girls and boys learn differently. Therefore, boys and girls do not have to be taught differently. They do not have to be taught separately.
A state funded girls only school is no longer justified. This is a local area school that excludes half the children in its catchment area. This is 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.
The results from the Consultation survey have now been shared by Education Services.
The good news is that Option 3 (Change to be a co-educational denominational secondary school and alter the catchment area) received the majority of votes with 45.7% of the vote.
The bad news is that the Notre Dame for Girls campaign is claiming victory by adding the Option 1 and Option 2 totals together to claim 53.6% of the vote.
You still have time to influence the decision by emailing your local Councillor to tell them why Notre Dame High should be made co-ed.
It just needs a couple of sentences from you to remind Councillors co-education is the change that Glaswegians vote for.
If you are unsure of your local Councillor you can use the Glasgow website below to find Councillor, party and email address