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Get practical support directly from Debbie Hepplewhite to implement this synthetic phonics teaching programme.

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Becoming a Reading School: Six strategies to make reading for pleasure work in your school report (PDF)

Becoming a Reading School: Six strategies to make reading for pleasure work in your school report (PDF)

This report is about the relationship between a school’s reading culture and children’s attainment. It considers how reading for pleasure can be organised to support all children to become confident, keen and capable readers. It is about becoming an outstanding reading school.

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Parental Engagement: How to make a real difference report (PDF)

Parental Engagement: How to make a real difference report (PDF)

This report describes ways of increasing parents’ engagement with their children’s learning. It begins with a summary of research showing the impact of parental engagement. The audit on pages 4-17 is a self-evaluation tool – a set of questions to get you thinking about your current practice.

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Creating the Right Emotional Learning Environment for Boys (video)

Creating the Right Emotional Learning Environment for Boys (video)

Creating the right emotional environment is of paramount importance. Gary Wilson suggests ways of making the most out of outdoor learning opportunities, and techniques for getting boys in the right emotional state for learning.

2 min 52 seconds

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Developing Boys' Writing Skills through Speaking and Listening (video)

Developing Boys' Writing Skills through Speaking and Listening (video)

Gary Wilson suggests ways of using outdoor spaces to develop the creative use of language and explains the importance of speaking and listening when it comes to engaging boys in writing.

1 min 47 seconds

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Building Boys' Confidence and Self-esteem (video)

Building Boys' Confidence and Self-esteem (video)

Gary Wilson examines some techniques that help bolster boys’ confidence and self-esteem and suggests a way of using older pupils to create positive, male role models within school.

2 min 15 seconds

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Increasing the Impact of Teaching Assistants (Video)

Increasing the Impact of Teaching Assistants (Video)

Teaching Assistants are key providers of support in schools, making up a quarter of the school workforce. Jean Gross discusses how you can increase their impact on pupils’ achievement.

5 min 58 seconds

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Improving Communication Skills (Video)

Improving Communication Skills (Video)

Jean Gross, an expert on speech, language and communication, offers advice on how to develop these vital skills in pupils.

4 min 34 seconds

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Parental Engagement (video)

Parental Engagement (video)

Gary Wilson suggests how to involve parents in their children's learning and practical tips that you can give them.

1 min 44 seconds

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The Importance of Putting Boys on the Agenda (video)

The Importance of Putting Boys on the Agenda (video)

Gary Wilson explains why he first became interested in the issue of raising boys’ achievement. He looks at why putting boys’ achievement on school improvement plan is crucial and how it can benefit the whole school.

1 min 59 seconds

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Engaging Boys in Literacy (video)

Engaging Boys in Literacy (video)

Boys need a sense of purpose in order to engage with what they do. Give them an audience, create real ‘wow’ moments and help develop a love of fiction. Gary Wilson explores some practical ways in which you can help to engage boys.

2 min 43 seconds

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