Girls help boys’ study
BOYS do better at school when there are more girls in the class, a study has found.
Their reading improves when they are outnumbered by the opposite sex, with the strongest effect seen when classes are 60 per cent female.
The findings, based on a study of 200,000 15-year-olds from mixed-sex schools around the world, suggest girls’ higher levels of concentration and greater motivation may provide a positive influence on their male classmates.
Lead author Dr Margriet van Hek, of Utrecht University in Holland, said schools could lift boys’ performance by ensuring a “balanced gender distribution”. The research was published in School Effectiveness and School Improvement.