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There is a significant problem in our schools: too many boys are struggling. The list of things to concern teachers is long. Disappointing academic results, a lack of interest in studying, higher exclusion rates, increasing mental-health issues, sexist attitudes, an inability to express emotions....

Traditional ideas about masculinity are having a negative impact, not only on males, but females, too. In this ground-breaking work, Matt Pinkett and Mark Roberts argue that schools must rethink their efforts to get boys back on track.

Boys Don’t Try? examines the research around key topics such as anxiety and achievement, behaviour and bullying, schoolwork and self-esteem. It encourages the listener to reflect on how they define masculinity and consider what we want for boys in our schools. Offering practical quick wins, as well as long-term strategies to help boys become happier and achieve greater academic success, the audiobook:

  • offers ways to avoid problematic behaviour by boys and tips to help teachers address poor behaviour when it happens.
  • highlights key areas of pastoral care that need to be recognised by schools.
  • exposes how popular approaches to 'engaging' boys are actually misguided and damaging.
  • details how issues like disadvantage, relationships, violence, peer pressure and pornography affect boys’ perceptions of masculinity and how teachers can challenge these.

With an easy-to-navigate three-part structure for each chapter, setting out the stories, key research and practical solutions, this is essential listening for all classroom teachers and school leaders who are keen to ensure male students enjoy the same success as girls.

©2019 Matt Pinkett and Mark Roberts (P)2020 Taylor & Francis

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A powerful book that educates and challenges

This book took me by surprise. I was expecting to discuss gender issues, challenges faced and ways to support. I was not expecting ti come away unpicking my own unconscious biases and really exploring why I feel the way I do. recommend you read it, for all, but especially if you have felt the gender based stereotypes in society have affected you. And lets be honest, that is all of us ..

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Not what you might think

An excellent book that is thoroughly entertaining and informative! Combining anecdotes and research it provokes a different way of thinking about empowering boys ( and girls) in school.

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nothing new

if you know that high quality teaching is the most important factor for progress, you need not read this