Strategies for Improving the Performance of Boys

A guide to understanding and addressing the under-performance of boys

The under-performance of boys relative to girls is a consistent feature of education across the World. Despite unprecedented support and resources, boys’ underachievement at GCSE has persisted for nearly 20 years. Boys overall, lagged behind girls by nearly 10% in the critical 5*A-C measure in the summer 2010 results. Teachers continue to need strategies and resources to narrow this achievement gap. It is in the classroom where the most positive changes can happen.

This course explores the motivations and learning styles of boys, presenting strategies that will capture their interest and motivate them to reach their full potential in the classroom. It will model a range of teaching strategies that best fit the profile of the typical underachieving boy.

Who Should Attend

This course is suitable for all teachers (Primary and Secondary).

What You Will Learn

The course aims to:

  • Identify the fundamental differences between the ways boys and girls think and learn
  • Provide strategies for presenting concepts and materials in a way that specifically engages and motivates boys 
  • Identify the role of boys learning styles, literacy, ICT, feedback and relationships in improving boys’ achievement
  • Discuss the implications for mixed gender classrooms
  • Explore the importance of mentoring, role-models and self-esteem in developing confidant learners
  • Explore ways of delivering the curriculum through boy friendly content

By the end of the workshop, you will leave with a repertoire of ideas, strategies and tips to raise boys’ achievement.