Gender and Literacy: Improving boys' reading and writing

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This training helps Key Stage 2 and 3 teachers understand the evidence around boys’ literacy and identify the factors underpinning success, engaging in research and developing their own strategies to close the gap in their school.

About the course

Improving Boys’ Literacy is aimed at teachers and literacy leaders working with Key Stage 2 and 3. We explore a range of approaches and strategies.

  • Understand evidence in this area and factors underpinning success

    Explore research around the gender gap in literacy, including the differences in attainment and attitudes. We unpick the key areas known to impact boys' success and inform you of the strategies we know work well in tackling these.

  • Identify an area of enquiry based on the characteristics and achievement of boys in their school

    Compare your school’s attainment with the national data in order to identify their specific focus areas for development, be it reading, writing or spoken language. The area identified will become the focus for their project.

  • Develop an action plan with strategies learned from action research

    We provide the content, structure and methodology for participants to produce a whole school/cluster based action research project. The research will explore and address the issues identified back in school with the aim to improve boys’ attainment.

  • Build a learning community of participants

    This joint practice development aims to create an environment of collaborative study. Participants will learn from each other, share practice and examine different approaches and challenges. We encourage the group to take what they have learned back into their schools and trial approaches and see what works best for them.

Feedback from previous participants

"Incredibly thought provoking and well researched."
Participant, Walsall, 2018

"Excellent content with great delivery."
Participant, Walsall, 2018

"Really good and informative, and engaging"
Participant, Liverpool, 2020

Taking part in the training

Whole-school packages can be arranged, and we are happy to consult on duration, volume and cost based on the needs of your school.

For more information, and to arrange training for your school, please email Ruth King: