Dear Parents & Carers
Each year when the GCSE results come out, the media is full of reports of girls outperforming boys in a ‘gender gap’. A brief look at the results shows that this is fuelled in part by subjects which rely on extended writing. Boys tend to be reluctant writers. No new news there; however, the recent GCSE reforms have introduced a more ‘traditional’ style of learning and assessment with extended writing being even more important than before.
So how do we ensure our boys are writing more? They are not short of ideas or ability. However, when GCSEs are submitted, all students are compared and grade boundaries are established, so if on the whole boys write less content than girls do, more girls than boys will fill up the available spaces in the higher grades and this gender gap will continue to grow.