I t was financial imperative that prompted the Armidale School to break with its more than year tradition of teaching boys exclusively on its grounds in the New England tablelands of New South Wales. The school wanted to grow. When consulting parents and community, headmaster Murray Guest and the school insisted it would be introducing co-education without changing culture and tradition. But they were wrong: culture did change. It has sparked a revival of debate about whether such single-sex school environments breed hypermasculine behaviours , and raises the question: do the social effects of educating boys and girls together outweigh the widely touted academic gains of single-sex education?
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The number of girls attending single sex schools has increased in South Australia as parents and their daughters discover the benefits of a single sex setting. Research from the National Foundation for Education Research in the UK confirms that girls achieve greater success in single sex schools, are more likely to pursue pathways that meet their interests, become leaders and have positive attitudes about themselves and others. Moving to secondary school is a very important step in your daughter's life. Moving to an all girls' school may be a very difficult decision to make. To assist you in your decision you may wish to consider that in a single sex environment:. We know that, generally, girls outperform boys consistently in terms of academic progress.
Should boys and girls be taught separately in our schools? | Ellie Mulcahy
Education in Australia encompasses the sectors of early childhood education  preschool and primary education primary schools , followed by secondary education high schools , tertiary education universities , TAFE colleges , and vocational education and training providers and adult education referred to as adult and community education or ACE. Education in Australia is compulsory between the ages of five or six  and fifteen, sixteen or seventeen, depending on the State or territory and date of birth. For primary and secondary education, government schools educate approximately 60 percent of Australian students, with approximately 40 percent in non-government schools. Underpinned by the Australian Qualifications Framework , implemented in , Australia has adopted a national system of qualifications, encompassing higher education, vocational education and training VET , and school-based education. Australia is a leading global provider of education to international students; and, after the United States and the United Kingdom, is ranked as the third largest provider of international education.
A national study has found two-thirds of Australian teenagers have been involved in a romantic relationship by the age of years. The study Growing Up In Australia Longitudinal Study of Australian Children found while the majority of children reported having had at least one boyfriend or girlfriend by the age of , only a minority 32 per cent reported having had sex. Australian Institute of Family Studies Director, Anne Hollonds said young people are interested in developing romantic relationships but may not become sexually active until their late teenage years. Among year olds who reported being in a relationship the vast majority considered it a committed and exclusive relationship. There were no significant differences in the age that boys and girls had sex for the first time. Dr Diana Warren said the study also found some teenagers were subject to unwanted sexual behaviours. This included being sent sexual pictures, overhearing rude remarks, or being touched in a way that embarrassed or upset them. For example, one in ten boys said they watched pornography daily compared to fewer than one in one-hundred girls.