Practical whole-school strategies
In February 2001, the government, although concerned by the reported underachievement of some boys, decided against a specific initiative or intervention to address the situation (Noble 2001). The reasons for this were that schools were already groaning under the accumulated yoke of initiatives, and also because it was felt that some of the government's existing policies would eventually address the situation. These included:
(a) The National Literacy Strategy in primary schools. The government was much encouraged by the gender gap in English falling from 16 percentage points difference in 1998 to 9 points difference in 2000 (see Chapter 1). It was felt that the structure of the literacy hour, with its focus, variety of texts and different activities was having a beneficial effect upon boys.