Tips on getting boys to engage with literacy lessons Boys’ underachievement in literacy is of constant concern to schools.

Ardleigh Green Junior School in Essex has seen boys’ achievement levels in literacy rising. The school’s literacy coordinator Louise Bartlett, offers insight into the approaches she has found successful in encouraging boys to engage with literacy lessons.

The programme follows Louise teaching her Year 6 class balanced report writing. She uses speaking and listening tasks as the foundation for written work and demonstrates how incorporating multimedia techniques can offer a route to literacy for those who are wary of books.

Role play also proves successful, with many boys finding it easier to express their opinions in character.

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