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Improving Boys' Literacy - CPD for Key Stage 2

Boys’ underachievement in literacy is not inevitable. It is not simply a result of biological differences; the majority of boys achieve in literacy and are fluent readers. 
- Boys' Reading Commission, 2012

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

This training will help you to:

Cramlington High School - Eileen Armstrong

  • 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 learned from action research
  • sow the seeds for a learning culture based on what works for all learners 
  • implement an approach which reaches beyond the classroom



As always, the time to reflect on your practice, discuss ideas with colleagues, try things out in school and then evaluate is invaluable and has a huge effect on day to day practice. - teacher, Barnet, Day 3

Key Information

  • The course is available in a 3 day or 2 day version
  • The days are spread across two terms to allow time for action research. 
  • To promote collaborative practice, two teachers including the literacy lead should attend. 
  • A senior leader (e.g. head or deputy) is invited to the first session free of charge.


3 day course: £650 for the first participant, £450 for each additional

2 day course: £450 for the first participant, £300 for each additional

Attendance includes one year's free membership to the National Literacy Trust Network (worth £100) with logins for up to five teachers.*

*existing National Literacy Trust Network Members receive a £100 discount per school for the 3 day course and £50 off per school for the 2 day course.

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Lots of pedagogical elements which make us sound more credible when delivering to staff  - teacher, day 2


Please fill in our expression of interest form, e-mail or telephone 020 7587 3061 to discuss your options. We welcome enquiries from education professionals engaged with local training clusters.

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Here you will find the resources you need to support your project. You will need your Network login to access this page.

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Current participants (Wales)

PLRS Cymru Boys' Literacy CPD participants can access their resources here using the password provided.

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The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.