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Last reviewed on 28 February 2018
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School types: All · School phases: Primary

Underachievement for boys is a concern for many primary schools. We look at examples of plans that include objectives for raising the attainment of boys in primary schools. We also link to further information on strategies that can be used to narrow attainment gaps between boys and girls.

School improvement plans to raise boys’ attainment 

The 2016/17 school improvement plan (SIP) (also known as the ‘school development plan’) from Grange Valley Primary School in St Helens, has targets for addressing the gender gap in literacy in specific cohorts.

The plan explains that previous improvements led to closing the gender gap in reading. In order to continue improving the school needs to narrow the slight gender gap in reading for years 2 and 3. 

The targets for closing the gender gap in literacy (page 11) include:

The SIP includes actions for addressing these gender gaps in literacy. In order to improve boys' reading, teachers will "monitor the gap and adjust planning" and "target children with additional reads" throughout

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