How to engage white working-class boys

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A CPD session aimed at teachers, careers advisors and higher education staff. Funded through Go Higher West Yorkshire Uni Connect Programme. 

Delivered by Mark Roberts, author of Boys Don’t Try? Rethinking Masculinity in Schools and The Boy Question: How to Teach Boys to Succeed in School, both published by Routledge. Mark also writes regularly for TES on subjects including pedagogy, behaviour, leadership and educational research. Having previously worked in schools in Devon and inner-city Manchester, Mark now works as Director of Research at Carrickfergus Grammar School in Northern Ireland, a role he combines with teaching English. Funded by Go Higher West Yorkshire.

For decades, schools have grappled with the most significant barriers to white working class boys’ academic success: an apparent lack of motivation to succeed, seemingly low aspirations and a reluctance to study for assessments and exams. In this CPD session, teacher and researcher Mark Roberts will consider teacher expectations, engagement strategies, motivation and study skills, providing practical suggestions to help those working in schools, higher education and student outreach to tackle ‘The Boy Question’.

Key focus and takeaways:

· Addressing teachers’ expectations of male academic potential

· Rethinking boys’ engagement strategies

· Appreciating the most effective ways to motivate boys to work hard

· Understanding how to ensure boys study effectively

Please note due to licensing that this CPD is only available until 3rd April 2023.

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