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Leadership webinar: the future for girls' schools (video and webchat)

Discussion in 'Senior Leadership Team' started by AndrewFIS, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Girls' schools: do they still have relevance?

    As part of the TES Leadership webinar series, I’ll be putting your questions to Dr Helen Wright, the former president of the Girls' Schools Association.

    We will examine the ways in which she sees girls' schools as an important part of the landscape.

    Post your questions below now - and, if you can, join in our live webchat on December 21 at 4.30pm.

    Before that, you can watch a video we’ve made in which Helen and I discuss the issues, with key insight for school leaders.

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    To access all the videos in the TES Leadership series, plus an exclusive database of grants available to schools, become a TES Leadership subscriber.
     
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  2. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Hi,

    Don't forget to submit your questions below ahead of next week's webchat.

    Thank you.
     
  3. jillberry

    jillberry New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Sorry I can't join the discussion 'live' - will be travelling back from visiting friends in York at that time next Weds, but I hope it goes well. Just one question: I'm aware of how many false assumptions and inaccurate perceptions some of those who have no direct experience of girls' schools may hold. How can we help them to have a clearer and more accurate idea of what a modern-day girls' school is like, Helen? Thanks.
     
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  4. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

  5. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    The webinar video will be available for seven days in this thread. If you wish to view the webinar after 27th December or to access all the videos in the TES Leadership series, plus an exclusive database of grants available to schools, become a TES Leadership subscriber. You can find out more information here.
     
  6. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Good afternoon and welcome to today’s webchat.


    The TES Leadership webchats give you the opportunity to put your questions to industry experts about key school management and operational issues.

    In a few moments I will hand you over to Andrew, who is editor of FIS, who will be hosting this week's hour-long webchat.

    Andrew and this week's guest, leadership expert panel member Dr Helen Wright, the former president of the Girls' Schools Association, who will be available for the next hour to answer your questions.

    If you have any questions please submit them below. Don't worry if we run out of time, any unanswered questions will be responded to and posted on this thread later this week.

    I'll now hand you over to Andrew.





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  7. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Hello and welcome to this webchat on girls' schools. Joining me is Dr Helen Wright, who is an ‎international education specialist and former president of the Girls' Schools Association. For those of you following this thread, please feel free to post your query. Remember to refresh your page to see the updates as they appear.

    Thanks for joining us, Helen.

    Firstly, could you set out the case for the need for all-girls' schools?
     
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  8. DrHelen_Wright

    DrHelen_Wright New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Good afternoon!
     
  9. DrHelen_Wright

    DrHelen_Wright New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    As you will have seen in my interview, I believe first and foremost that all schools, no matter what their structure or intake, need to be excellent, caring, places which seek to develop the individual talents of their students. With this in mind, all-girls’ schools offer a really important choice for parents and their daughters. All children deserve the very best education that we can provide for them, and girls’ schools – where, in my experience, girls can have the freedom to learn to be who they are – are a really valuable choice.

    Above all, however, schools need to aim to be excellent, regardless of their structure – this is what makes the most difference to the lives of young people. And in this world where it is hard for girls to break free from a heavily sexualised, unequal backdrop to their lives, girls’ schools can develop in them a refreshing and empowering outlook on the world.

    Do have a look at the Girls’ Schools Association website at their ‘Benefits of a Girls’ School’ section - https://gsa.uk.com/benefits-girls-schools/ - it is very convincing!
     
  10. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Can you foresee a time when they no longer exist?
     
  11. DrHelen_Wright

    DrHelen_Wright New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    No, not really – if anything, I would like to see even more choice for parents, so the more girls’ schools, the better! This would be a really forward-looking approach to education in the future ... choice for parents and students ...
     
  12. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    A question from the forum from @jillberry: I'm aware of how many false assumptions and inaccurate perceptions some of those who have no direct experience of girls' schools may hold. How can we help them to have a clearer and more accurate idea of what a modern-day girls' school is like, Helen?
     
  13. DrHelen_Wright

    DrHelen_Wright New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Thank you for this question – this is a very, very good point. I often hear people talking about girls’ schools as if they were places from the Victorian era, whereas in fact this could not be further from the truth. Girls’ schools are, in my experience, modern, empowering, caring, ambitious places to be, and I think we need to talk about this far more than we already do.

    We also need to open the doors of girls’ schools to the wider community much more than we currently do – through sharing facilities, working in partnership with others, and sometimes just to show people what is inside.

    I also think we shouldn’t hold back from saying how good schools are – not just girls’ schools, but all great schools - as our reticence to do this is, I believe, having a potentially very negative impact on public perception of education generally. Schools are the real engines of growth in our society, and we need to recognise this more openly and more frequently.
     
  14. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Are there clear differences between girls' schools and boys' schools -- or are they essentially serving similar needs?
     
  15. DrHelen_Wright

    DrHelen_Wright New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    I think they are serving similar needs - helping young people explore and learn who they are, with a bit more freedom from social stereotypes than they might find in other settings. Remember – not all girls are the same, and nor are all boys! Excellent schools will treat children as individuals, but children's gender is part of this individuality.
     
  16. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Do girls learn differently to boys?
     
  17. DrHelen_Wright

    DrHelen_Wright New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    This is an oft debated question, but most teachers who have experience of teaching girls and boys would probably say that yes, girls tend to learn in ways that are more similar to those of other girls, but this is in no way intended to be a conclusive response to the question. After all, each child is different, with different social experiences of life, different genes, different backgrounds – all of these will affect how that child learns.
     
  18. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Are some teachers better equipped to teach girls rather than boys? Is so, how?
     
  19. DrHelen_Wright

    DrHelen_Wright New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    I think that any teacher can teach girls! A great teacher is a great teacher. The more that teachers know about their students, the better they will be, of course – this is the real key to success as a teacher, as well as a varied toolkit of approaches to nurture learning.
     
  20. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Does a co-ed approach affect girls' career aspirations?
     

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