Help Your Boys Succeed

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At least once a year, around the time of examination results, the papers are full of stories of how boys are underachieving in comparison to girls. While arousing the curiosity, and often deeply troubling the parents of boys, the press, and indeed the government, rarely offers more than the ‘laddish culture' or ‘anti social behaviour' as the root cause. Parents deserve and need to know the full range of reasons why boys are underachieving and, fundamentally, what they can do to help prevent disaffection and ...

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Overview

At least once a year, around the time of examination results, the papers are full of stories of how boys are underachieving in comparison to girls. While arousing the curiosity, and often deeply troubling the parents of boys, the press, and indeed the government, rarely offers more than the ‘laddish culture' or ‘anti social behaviour' as the root cause. Parents deserve and need to know the full range of reasons why boys are underachieving and, fundamentally, what they can do to help prevent disaffection and underachievement in their boys. This highly informative and highly practical book contains strong messages about the need to develop independence in boys, the importance of male role models within the close (and extended) family and what to look out for in school, including signs of peer pressure and limiting negative self beliefs. It gives advice on how best to support boys in their learning and in developing self esteem.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855394490
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: Help Your Child To Succeed Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Wilson is a freelance consultant and author, and chair of the National Education Breakthrough Programme on Raising Boys' Achievement in the UK. He wrote "Using the National Healthy School Standard to Raise Boys' Achievement" for the DFES andin 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.

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Table of Contents

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

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