Improving Boys' Literacy: Strategies for Success

Provider: National Literacy Trust
£650.00 (no VAT on this item) per person for three days' professional development


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Description This programme tackles a national issue - the gender gap in literacy attainment - and enables primary schools to find specific, effective solutions relevant to their school community.
Duration 3 days across two terms

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Categories Primary, Leadership and Management, Teaching and Learning, KS2, English / Literacy, Management, Teaching staff, Assistant Headteacher, CPD Leader, Deputy Headteacher, Headteacher, Advanced Skills Teacher, Excellent Teacher, Main-scale (core) teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, Post-threshold Teacher, Teacher trainer, Head of Department / Faculty, CPD Leadership, Inclusion, Subject Knowledge, Out of school, In school
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

This programme supports primary school teachers to:

  • Understand the evidence in this area and the factors underpinning success
  • Develop a profile based on the characteristics and achievement of boys in their school
  • Develop an action plan, with strategies for action research  
  • Sow the seeds for a learning culture based on what works for all learners
  • Implement an approach which reaches beyond the classroom

The programme takes place over three sessions spread across two terms.

Day 1   

  • Research findings on the gender gap and busting surrounding myths
  • Introduction to action research project
  • Breakdown of methodology, evaulation and expectations of the projec
  • Barriers to boy's literacy and effective strategies to overcome these

Day 2   

  • Identify the main focus area for the research and enquiry
  • The underlying causes of the key areas impacting boys' literacy
  • Tools for success: Pedagogy for engaging pupils
  • Developing an action plan

Day 3  

  • Participant led sharing of learning, development and findings
  • Parental engagement: importance, potential barriers, and ways to strengthen it
  • Support and resources available with your National Literacy Trust Membership
Evidence underpinning this approach

Evidence from national data and recent research (including our own research) consistently shows that boys are at significant risk of underachievement in reading and writing.

How users/participants can evaluate success

Full evaluation plus time for reflection and planning is included in the project. Participants can expect improved pupil literacy attainment plus enhanced confidence in their own practice.

Follow-up activities and support

Participants receive 12 months' National Literacy Trust Network membership as part of the training package. Find out more


Each participant taking part will benefit from:

  • Three full days of CPD input, delivered by a National Literacy Trust associate trainer
  • An evaluation framework to measure impact
  • Supporting programme materials
  • A year’s subscription to the National Literacy Trust Networkworth £100 (Schools that are already members of our network receive £100 reduction per school)
  • Access to the Working with the National Literacy Trust logo
  • A programme completion certificate

Additional benefits

  • A senior leader (e.g. head or deputy) receives an additional FREE place at the first session.
  • The lead or teaching school that co-ordinates and hosts the training receives one FREE place.

About the Outstanding Literacy Leadership CPD series:

Our training equips specialist literacy leaders with strategies to enhance their own learning, while focusing on local school and pupil needs. Our programmes are:


  • Builds on known criteria for effective professional development
  • Addresses the teaching of specific curriculum content
  • Aligns with school priorities and goals.
  • Emphasises collaboration within and between schools
  • Grows a research-oriented approach


  • Takes place over an extended period so approaches are tested and evidence collected
  • Involves more than one teacher from each school so ideas are shared and practice is jointly improved
  • Supports middle leaders to lead teaching and learning with strategic insight
  • Builds a learning community providing structure and content for a whole school action research approach

To express an interest in this programme, please fill in our expression of interest form.

For further information, please contact us at: [email protected]

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.