Being married to a Deputy Head in a local, large comprehensive school for the last 21 years means I have an awareness of education in a very different environment to that in which I work. That and my two teenage children mean I certainly keep that sense of perspective we all talk about! My experience as the mother of a boy and of a girl, together with my teaching, and my experience of educational leadership in girls’ schools over the last ten years means that I am totally committed to single sex education. My own children both attend single sex schools; adolescent girls and boys develop in completely different ways and have such different needs, I believe these needs are met more effectively in single sex environments.
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