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CRE: Subject gender gaps unimportant

03/06/2009 Joanna
Less focus should be placed by those in teaching jobs on the differing performance rates of girls and boys, it has been claimed.

The Campaign for Real Education (CRE) believes too much attention has been focused on gender gaps within school subjects, distracting from a focus on individual educational needs among students.

Nick Seaton, chairman of the CRE, commented: "The best way forward is to let each individual follow his or her own inclination and pursue the subjects they enjoy and are best at.

"If they are […] leaning in one direction, the chances are that's the direction they will follow in employment […] I don't agree with all this social engineering. Who cares what sex people are as long as they do the job?"

Despite this assertion, however, Mr Seaton did express worry that recent figures have shown that boys achieve better results on average then girls in all science subjects taught in UK schools.

A recent study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found that boys outperform girls in UK science subjects more than in any other developed country.
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