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Telling it like it is; Explaining the full picture, how boys are doing nationally in schools and why it is happening.; The barriers to boys' achievement and how parents can help break them down; The major section, with practical strategies showing parents how they can contribute to breaking them down:; 1. Too much pressure pre-school; 2. Lack of independence; 3. Starting school linguistically less developed; 4. Physiological needs not met; 5. Negative attitudes to writing; 6. Limited interest in reading; 7. Inability to plan and prepare effectively; 8. Peer pressure; 9. The laddish culture; 10. Emotional Intelligence issues; 11. Understanding his preferred way of working; 12. Poor reflection skills; 13. Low self-esteem and limiting self-beliefs; 14. Lack of positive male role models; Let's hear it from the boys; Extracts from a wide range of interviews with boys about what THEY think the issues are and what they think the solutions might be. Boys are the REAL experts, not only do they know the root causes of their dissatisfaction with school and their subsequent poor performance, they also know what needs to be done.; How parents can help with homework, revision etc; How schools are responding to the problem.

About the Author

Gary Wilson is a freelance consultant and author, and chair of the National Education Breakthrough Programme on Raising Boys' Achievement. He wrote "Using the National Healthy School Standard to Raise Boys' Achievement" for the DFES and in 2003 was made the country's first LEA school improvement officer with specific responsibility for raising boys' achievement. He has advised and trained in over two hundred schools across the UK. He has appeared on Teachers' TV and Radio 4 several times.


"A highly informative and practical book about the need to develop independence in boys" - Bookseller Buyers Guide, 2008--Sanford Lakoff
."..aims to highlight what can be done to improve boys' performances in school...features responses from numerous boys on a variety of issues...allows the reader to get different perspectives on a problem." SedEd, October 2009
"This is far from a dry read, and the text is interspersed with examples of what to do and how to do it, quotes from boys themselves, as well as bullet points that reinforce the main points of each section. There is a particularly topical and interesting section on the role of positive male role models and the influence that this can have on a boy's success. There is enough relevant material contained within this slim volume to make this an appealing and informative read for parents and carers of boys." Community Practitioner, April 2009
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