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Underachieving Boys: The Gender Debate

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In this second of a three-part, whole-school series on underachieving Year 10 boys at Bexleyheath School, Kent, behaviour expert John Bayley explores whether a lack of male role models could be affecting performance levels.

Head of English Laura Thompson thinks this may be the problem, with only three of the 14 secondary teachers in her department being male.

But opinion is divided and the head of teaching and learning at the school, Rosie Fewer, is sceptical that gender is the issue.

John observes Glen Bone, one of the three male teachers, to test some of these gender ideas. He finds Glen to be an engaging teacher, but concludes that active learning is the key to raising the Key Stage 4 boys' performance, with the style and technique of teaching being much more important than the teacher's gender.

Part of the series: Teaching with Bayley

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