Literacy, iPads, Middle Boys and much, much more


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This diagram explaining how to encourage boys to read was designed by Justine Short.



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Article of the week: iPads better for boys?

 DECEMBER 3, 2014

After recently seeing a report on BBC news I found an article published in the Daily Telegraph (1st December 2014) suggesting that iPads could be the “vital new weapon” in improving literacy among boys.  Currently boys consistently achieve lower grades than their female counterparts in exams.   Following examination results in August 2014 the Guardian suggests that although “boys are getting a higher share of A* grades, they continue to fall behind across the board.” (

When we look at the A*-C pass rate between boys and girls since 1989 we can clearly see the gender gap:

Boys vs girls exams

However, when broken down into subject specific results…

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I have been teaching English for 20 years. HOD. T and L. Runner.

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