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.

"Clear and engaging - I will use all the strategies and ideas in my daily practice."

Previous delegate, London, 2018

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.

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Day 1 - Reading

  • Unpicking the gender gap and exploring our own preconceptions
  • Boy meets world: what's the impact of culture on gender outcomes?
  • Exploration of reading for enjoyment
  • Reading comprehension and the importance of inference
  • Resources to support - and expectations for - day 2

Day 2 - Writing

  • Reviewing the contents of day 1
  • Exploring boys and writing - what’s the problem?
  • Considering the importance of grammar
  • Tools for success: quality teaching and learning of writing
  • Planning for activity beyond the training


  • £400 for the first participant, £300 for each additional colleague
  • We invite a head or senior leader from each school to attend the first session free of charge

Attendance includes one year's membership of the National Literacy Trust giving all teachers in the school access to a range of resources. Existing National Literacy Trust Members receive a £50 discount per school

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Could you host?

We are always looking for enthusiastic schools across the UK to host our training programmes. We ask you to:

  • Provide a teaching space with IT facilities
  • Print resources for the sessions
  • Organise lunch where required

In return, we offer a complimentary place on the course. This is also a great opportunity for you to position yourself as a research-led school.

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