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To be unhappy about mixed sex PE lessons at secondary school?

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MissHooliesCardigan Wed 10-Feb-16 20:40:34

I've just found out from DD who's 13 and in year 8 that boys and girls do PE together right up to year 11. This seems totally wrong to me. DD is very sporty but I'd noticed that her enthusiasm has really waned since she started secondary school. I can imagine that many girls feel really self conscious in front of the boys - they even do swimming together but I mainly feel that it's really demoralising for girls competing against boys as the boys will always have a natural advantage. Surely, if they're trying to encourage girls into sport, this is just going to put them off? It certainly has with DD. I love the school but I'm really pissed off about this. AIBU or do lots of schools do this?

monkeysox Wed 10-Feb-16 20:41:59

Most schools do separate pe lessons. I don't see a problem with mixed classes.

breezydoesit Wed 10-Feb-16 20:43:39

I did mixed PE lessons at school and competed with the boys. I thought this was the norm?

nocabbageinmyeye Wed 10-Feb-16 20:44:18

Mixed schools have mixed lessons, why would p.e be different? confused

nocabbageinmyeye Wed 10-Feb-16 20:45:44

Do lots of schools do this? I would say the question is so any mixed schools not do this?

TitClash Wed 10-Feb-16 20:45:57

I would have thought thats not a good age for either sex to be doing sports together, least of all swimming. One lad was badly humiliated in our swimming class, and the bullies didnt let him live it down.

arethereanyleftatall Wed 10-Feb-16 20:46:15

'Demoralising' or challenging.

SuperCee7 Wed 10-Feb-16 20:46:20

Huh? Why wouldn't they mix them? Its the norm around here. Rarely are they seperated apart from when the girls do netball and the boys do football hmm

PurpleDaisies Wed 10-Feb-16 20:46:20

All mixed in the schools I've taught in too, apart from when boys did rugby and girls did netball.

cantgonofurther Wed 10-Feb-16 20:46:33

We did mixed games in the 90s. It was worse then as we had to wear gym knickers or gym skirts. My dd at least gets to wears shorts or tracksuit bottoms.

BloodyDogHairs Wed 10-Feb-16 20:48:40

I remember being with the boy's for mixed PE, the only time it was awkward was when it was Scottish Country dancing time smile

Balletgirlmum Wed 10-Feb-16 20:50:13

Ds's school is single sex for PE. I always assumed that was the norm.

peggyundercrackers Wed 10-Feb-16 20:50:34

It's completely normal Ime.

Why has it only affected your DD in secondary school? Did they not do mixed sports at primary?

Figgygal Wed 10-Feb-16 20:51:33

I had no idea that some schools separate them at all?? Is that a thing shock

TeenAndTween Wed 10-Feb-16 20:52:46

DD's secondary does single-sex PE.

AnyFucker Wed 10-Feb-16 20:52:46

what ?

Balletgirlmum Wed 10-Feb-16 20:53:43

I'm n primary the difference between the sexes in terms of development, strength etc is not so great. After puberty boys are on the whole at an advantage against girls athletically. Also puberty may make both s des more self conscious & they may feel less confident in trying things out or be worried about their bodies.

mrsmugoo Wed 10-Feb-16 20:54:13

Didn't you know this when you chose the school?!

Cleensheetsandbedding Wed 10-Feb-16 20:54:35

As a sports coach there is an unfair advantage and I can see how it can be demoralising. Sport is one of the activities where there is a divide. It's biological it can't be helped.

It isn't the norm in most schools and tbh it would have put me off at that age too. I had very large breasts at that age and was already self conscious just around the girls - if I'd have had to do P.E with the lads I would have just refused to do it.

LongHairDontCare Wed 10-Feb-16 20:55:51

We had mixed pe lessons at school, I assumed that was normal

Balletgirlmum Wed 10-Feb-16 20:56:12

Clean sheets explained it so much better!

BolshierAryaStark Wed 10-Feb-16 20:57:22

Why wouldn't they mix them?
I played football with the boys all the way through secondary school, bloody loved it as well. This was 20 years ago so it's not a new thing hmm

wonkylegs Wed 10-Feb-16 20:58:01

I seem to remember we did some sports in mixed classes (tennis, badminton, hockey, gym, swimming, cross country, athletics, basket ball) and others were single sex - rugby, football, dance and netball. I'm pretty sure none of us suffered any permanent harm - actually my favorite lessons were the mixed ones because they were a lot less serious - especially basket ball

Havalina1 Wed 10-Feb-16 20:58:12

Oh gosh I remember being so uncomfortable about mixed swimming lessons when I changed schools at 15. I blagged/refused every single swim lesson for two years. Chronic shyness about being in a swimsuit (with teeny boobs!) in front of the boys just terrified me.

Grilledaubergines Wed 10-Feb-16 20:58:16

Mixed school here. PE lessons are single sex. Wouldn't be fussed either way.

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