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The definitive guide to raising boys' achievement in secondary schools by leading expert Gary Wilson
This was an excellent read with some interesting and reflective questions. It was clearly well researched, with many personal anecdotes and some perceptive poems.
It was not a book that you could dip in and out of, but one that needed reading cover to cover, to take in the clear message the author was giving us. I think it would also be a good book for parents to read as the importance of home is stressed throughout.
I am sure we have all heard much of the information before, that boys do not perform as well as girls and that their concentration times were different: that they matured at a different rate to girls and how adults’ expectations of boys are so different from birth. However, to have it all set out chapter by chapter, brought the points home! The chapters were set out clearly, with an overview, things to think about and how to act.
However, I do feel that many of the issues of boys not responding and achieving, are issues equally applicable to girls. Many of the examples given, such as boys saying if they had a good teacher, who was fair, listened and was firm when required, inspired them to work. Both sexes are equally affected by the quality of the teacher. Quotes saying, ‘those who mess about get rewards for being good once, whereas consistent good behaviour is not rewarded’ Again, this applies just as much to girls as boys.
I think as teachers, we need to be aware of the issues raised. As Gary Wilson noted, “it is interesting how anything specific and helpful to boys, would have a positive knock-on effect on girls."
A work that is needed urgently to address the crisis in boys' achievement.
76% of young people who are permanently excluded from school are boys (Department for Education, 2020).
In 2019, 96% of the prison population was male (House of Commons Library, 2020).
What better way to raise boys’ achievement than to hear the issues from the students themselves? Let’s Hear It from the Boys encourages readers to take matters into their own hands and listen to the boys in their school. Gary Wilson offers tips to help start a conversation with boys, and guides secondary teachers in placing the needs of boys firmly on the whole-school agenda.
It’s a well known fact that girls outperform boys across every stage of the UK education system. Of the boys who underachieve, white working-class boys are consistently in last place. In this unique practical guide to raising boys’ achievement in secondary settings, Gary lets the students do the talking through real-life testimonies. Tackling various aspects of learning in the secondary classroom, from exams, essay writing and academic setting to punishments and rewards, this book offers a fresh perspective on boys’ experiences of education, helping teachers to understand the various reasons why boys may under achieve and how teachers can tackle this.
Complete with expert advice and practical strategies, it will spark new ideas in teachers and school leaders to support boys in their settings and create the best learning environment for all students.
"This is a superb book. Gary is one of the country’s leading authorities on raising boys’ achievement. Let’s Hear It from the Boys is full of insight and helpful practical approaches. I recommend it very highly."- Literacy consultant and former secondary headteacher, Graham Tyrer
‘Raising boys’ attainment is a real issue that has certainly been on our agenda. Let’s Hear It from the Boys gets to the heart of the pressures and problems boys face. It provides useful actions to ensure boys are keen to learn, well-qualified and socially adjusted when they leave school.’ - Lesley Bishop, Principal of Atlantic Academy, Portland