Writing a whole-school strategy to address under-achievement
This is not a Marxist book but we do think that his argument is pertinent which is why, in some ways, this is the most important chapter of the whole book. This may seem surprising as it is the next three in which you will find the practical and effective strategies that we feel will help raise boys' achievement. Our experience of working in the field, however, strongly suggests that schools are not really short of ideas and actions to address the issue; what they often find difficult is constructing a coherent and manageable plan. Over the past few years there have been hundreds of courses and conferences all over the United Kingdom about the raising of boys' achievement but, as Chapter 1 showed, the impact of these has been largely negligible.