Getting Boys to Excel in English: Practical Strategies to Improve Boys' Literacy | Lighthouse Professional Development

Getting Boys to Excel in English: Practical Strategies to Improve Boys' Literacy

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For boys’ literacy to improve, the learners need opportunities to develop their skills in exciting, stimulating ways. This course addresses this, offering helpful support and practical advice. Delegates will receive guidance on good teaching, including strategies to ensure we “get it right” for boys.

Aims of the course are to:

  • how to take gender differences into account
  • classroom strategies that work
  • how improving boys’ speaking and listening skills supports improvements in reading and writing
  • the importance of making reading and writing relevant to boys
  • how to maintain momentum into KS4, using KS3 as the building blocks.

Who should attend?
The course is relevant to subject teachers, subject leaders and literacy coordinators.


9:30Arrival, registration and coffee13:00Restaurant Lunch
  • Boys and girls – there IS a difference
  • Making transition work: developing effective links with Primary schools
14:00Improving writing skills: giving boys style
  • Generating creative ideas for purposeful writing tasks
  • Quality and presentation: getting boys on board for both
  • Effectively using ICT to scaffold ideas
  • Integrating teacher modelling into the lessons
10:30Classroom Strategies: getting it right for boys
  • Establishing a positive, ‘boy-friendly’ classroom ethos
  • Learning styles: boys, literacy development and more
  • Effective questioning in the classroom: strategies for success
14:45KS 4: giving boys the skills to succeed
  • Maintaining momentum from KS3 to KS4
  • Engaging boys in texts & language: strategies that work
  • Giving boys a love of poetry: working with ‘unseen’ poems
11:30Speaking & listening in the classroom: giving boys a voice
  • Establishing a classroom which encourages boys’ participation
  • Using ‘talk’ as a springboard for reading & writing
  • Drama really works!
15:15What next: 10 tips for improving boys’ literacy skills
12:15Improving reading skills: giving boys confidence
  • Identifying what boys really LIKE to read
15:45Evaluation and close of course

Dilys W

Dilys has worked in education for many years. In her 33-year teaching career, primarily as a secondary school English teacher culminating in a post as Deputy Head Teacher, she taught students of all ages, with abilities ranging from dyslexic and other Special Needs to top stream, in multi-faith societies, in the state and independent sectors. For the past 14 years she has been an education consultant and adviser for local education authorities in London and Cardiff and an education trainer for several independent education training companies. She is a Church in Wales School Inspector, trains other school inspectors and is the moderator for all Church in Wales Schools Section 50 reports.

Suitable for: 
Senior/Secondary, Special Schools, Post 16/FE Colleges
Scheduled Events, In-school Training

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