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Boys' achievement

Getting the best out of boys

Boys' achievement

Getting the best out of boys

Boys’ motivation and attainment tend to lag behind those of girls from an early age. Boys’ achievement expert Gary Wilson has uncovered over 33 factors for this ability gap.

Yet many schools have transformed the performance of their boys by employing a range of strategies, and have seen standards and behaviour levels improve.

Here you can find essential support for getting boys reading and writing. And take a look at Project X - perfect for motivating boys.

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Professional development videos and documents on raising boys' achievement

Primary highlights - boys' achievement

Gary Wilson's top tips to motivate boys (PDF)

Download a PDF with Gary's tips on motivating boys

Parental Engagement (video)

Gary Wilson suggests how to involve parents and practical tips that you can give them.

1 min 44 seconds

The Importance of Putting Boys on the Agenda (video)

Gary Wilson considers how putting boys’ achievement on the school improvement plan can benefit the whole school.

1 min 59 seconds

Bringing Up Boys (video)

Sue Palmer offers seven tips about bringing up boys in the modern world.

8 min 38 seconds

‘Boys will be brilliant’ project (video)

A collaboration of 20 Bexleyheath schools working together to engage learners, especially boys, including use of the Project X resources.

9 min 51 seconds

Resources and further support

Primary highlights - boys' achievement

Gary Wilson's top tips to motivate boys (PDF)

Download a PDF with Gary's tips on motivating boys

Project X

Built to motivate 21st century children, especially boys

Closing the Gap Report (PDF)

Download this free report about giving every child the chance to succeed

Parental Engagement report

Parental Engagement Report (PDF)

Download this free report about forming effective relationships with parents