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What is Parallel Education and why it works for Haileybury students

No two students are the same — in the ways that they learn and in how they grow as young people. Our mission has always been to create a learning and developmental experience that supports every one of our students to grow and learn in their own unique way.

NEWS 19 Sept 2023

Haileybury is proud to have created a community where every student matters, every day. There are all kinds of ways we deliver on that vision — from the strong community spirit that connects our campuses, through to the innovative educational methods our brilliant teachers use in the classroom.

One of the most significant elements of the Haileybury experience is the Parallel Education Model, in which boys and girls learn in single-sex classrooms throughout significant parts of their learning journey, while coming together in a co-educational setting for social and co-curricular activities.

What is the Parallel Education Model?

The Parallel Education Model combines the most effective elements of single-sex and co-educational learning in even more beneficial ways. After beginning their learning journey in a co-instructional environment from ELC up until Year 4, students become part of single-sex classrooms during Middle School (from Years 5–8).

These separate classrooms allow educators to adapt their teaching to reflect the changing needs of young people as they transition into secondary school — which continues through Senior School (Years 9–12). During their education experience, however, students of all genders share the same campus for social occasions and co-curricular activities like theatre, music, and volunteering.

Why is it beneficial?

Since we first adopted this model in 2000, we have seen first hand that Parallel Education delivers all kinds of benefits for students. It truly offers the best of both worlds for growing young minds.

The model recognises that students of different ages and genders require different educational needs at certain stages in their development. This gives teachers the ability to structure their educational approach to better suit boys or girls — so that students are as engaged and empowered as possible in the classroom.

It also understands that social interaction between boys and girls alike is vital for helping young people grow into well-rounded, respectful, and compassionate individuals.

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