Girls out-performing boys at school
March 05, 2012
Girls are out-performing boys in the basics of reading, writing and maths at primary school.
The widening gap between boys and girls at Key Stage One, which is for children aged five to seven, reached around 10 per cent for reading and writing and three per cent for maths last year.
Figures in Wokingham Borough Council’s annual report on the performance of schools shows 82 per cent of boys achieved level two at Key Stage One in writing, while 94 per cent of girls hit the expected level.
Girls also out-perform boys at Key Stage Two in English and at GCSE level.
Councillor Rob Stanton, executive member for education services, said the issue was difficult for Wokingham Borough Council to address as the results are different at each school. He said: “We have got to look at each school individually.”
Cllr Stanton added The Holt School in Holt Lane, an all-girls school, is often cited as proof that girls perform better than boys at exams.
It is the top performing council school at GCSE and A-level.
He said: “At the end of the day it is the headteachers that have got to do the work in their own schools.”
The divide in performance between boys and girls is a national trend, with girls increasing their lead over boys at GCSE nationally last year.
The gap at the top grades of A* and A is just over six per cent.