We have included examples of the research carried out by staff last year looking at improving the performance of boys.
Teaching Assistant Rhonda Lawry-Griffiths carried out the following research with the aim of identifying ways of removing the gender gap in English lessons. This is her review.
Will the use of visual stimuli help to sustain and increase motivation in boys?
Use of visual prompts to help engage interest in lessons, eg students drawing, computer images and maps.
Summary of what you did to adapt your practice.
Use of visual stimuli wherever possible in lessons.
How did you test and review the impact of your research?
Accelerated reader testing was used for Year 7 students. A staff peer debrief was used to reflect and evaluate at the end of the research project. Discussions were held with students that were in the class.
Summary of the impact so far
The Year 7 students, especially the boys, were more willing to share plot summaries from previous lessons. They were able to recall main events from the material and read more carefully, confidently and accurately. Where a map was used to plot countries from a story-line the boys eagerly participated.