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A design and technology teacher harnesses the natural competitiveness of pupils into a system which provides real motivation to complete coursework over a sustained period of time.
Using a self-developed system of handicapping, not unlike that used in sports like golf, teacher Gavin Bowyer is able to ensure that all his pupils compete on a level playing field.
Their progress is recorded in league tables and there is intense competition to top the table or improve your position within it. Gavin explains how his system works and goes on to describe his penal policy when pupils almost inevitably do fall behind on coursework.
The approach appears effective; Gavin's results are 30 per cent above the national average. He also explains how a proven method of communicating regularly with parents can also improve pupils' motivation to complete their coursework on time and to their best potential.
Part of the series: Inspirations