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.

Our research has shown that the gap between boys’ and girls’ reading enjoyment increased from 2.3 percentage points in early 2020 to 11.5 percentage points during lockdown. The research also found that some children and young people reported that a lack of access to books, a lack of quiet space at home and a lack of school/peer support had negatively affected their ability to read and their motivation to read for enjoyment.

This CPD will provide a clear context for helping to tackle disparities in learning caused by the pandemic and help to drive an improved reading culture across your school.

What are the training objectives?

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.

Format and price

This training takes place completely online and is delivered as four 90-minute sessions.

For a whole school booking, to be scheduled on agreed dates, the price is £1,550 for the four sessions. For more information, and to arrange training for your school, please email Ruth King:

Alternatively, individual staff can be booked on to our scheduled training dates.

Feedback from previous participants

Really good and informative, and engaging.

Participant, Liverpool, 2020

Incredibly thought provoking and well researched.

Participant, Walsall, 2018

Excellent content with great delivery.

Participant, Walsall, 2018