Raising the success of boys in your school can begin with a look at success factors – the things that have a significant effect on the success of your boys.
Looking at success factors will help you acknowledge what you are already doing well to provide opportunities for boys to engage in their learning and achieve to their potential. It will also help you identify any gaps to address.
Engaging with your community about the most appropriate success factors to consider will help you develop a shared commitment to lifting the engagement and achievement of boys in your school.
Here are some tips to help you look at success factors for boys in your school:
- Identify some success indicators and see how your boys measure up – you could look at truancy, stand-downs, suspensions, participation, literacy, numeracy, and qualification attainment.
- Listen and talk with the boys at your school about their concerns and hopes for the future.
- Talk with teachers and curriculum leaders about effective strategies to engage boys in learning.
- Talk with families and whānau about how their boys are doing and what they want them to achieve.
- Check out Boys’ Achievement: A Synthesis of the Data – this 2007 report focuses on boys’ participation, engagement, and achievement at different levels of education.
- Check out Me and My School, a tool designed by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) to give schools more robust and systematic information about student engagement. It is for year 7 to 10 students and probes their attitudes, moods, and feelings towards school, teachers, peers, and their learning. The survey is anonymous, research based, easy to administer, and you can do it all online. Find out more»