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The challenge of same-sex provision: How many girls does a girls’ school need?

Renz, Flora (2020) The challenge of same-sex provision: How many girls does a girls’ school need? feminists@law, 10 (2). ISSN 2046-9551. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/03/fal.941) (KAR id:82344)


Can a girls’ school include a boy and remain a single-sex school? Is there something intrinsic to being a girls’ school that exists separately to pure demographic issues? Does single-sex education, and specifically female single-sex education, have an inherent value that is different to that of mixed sex education? To address these questions, this paper draws on some initial findings from a wider research project on the Future of Legal Gender. Specifically, this paper will consider what the implications for single-sex services are, if legal gender status were to be reformed. Especially, what the consequences would be for reform options, which (re)allocate authority to organisations or individuals to determine gender criteria and individual status in terms of eligibility to receive or access services. This article is going to be using the example of single sex schools to consider two key questions regarding potential reforms in this area. Firstly, what aims is gender differentiation currently trying to achieve? And secondly, how do service providers including secondary education providers currently engage with challenges to their differentiation criteria?

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/03/fal.941
Projects: The Future of Legal Gender
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (
Depositing User: Flora Renz
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2020 08:47 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:41 UTC
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