According to recent reports, boys are twice as likely to fall behind girls in the early years of their education. In fact, the research from Save the Children says a quarter of boys in England – 80,000 – started reception class struggling to speak a full sentence or follow instructions.
The reasons behind this are complicated and varied, from physiological or sociological differences, but understanding how to address the issues, especially on the Early Years, and support all pupils as they prepare for a more formalised education is the focus in the book, “Boys will be brilliant – How we can help get it right for boys in the early years“.
The book looks at a wide range of ideas in supporting boys to develop in a positive, active and engaging manner, along with practical guidance, ideas and resources to plan meaningful activities to support development. The book also offers guidance for EYFS staff to support parents offering ideas that can be used around the home. If you’re concerned about the boys in your setting falling behind the girls, then this book is a great starting point, and will help you creative a positive, supporting and inspiring environment supporting all the little gems you work with.
What the publishers say:
The problem of boys underachievement is an issue across the entire developed world and has presented teachers and early years practitioners with challenges as well as opportunities. Only in Scandinavia do boys achieve at roughly the same rate as girls and there they don’t start school formally until they are seven.
The underachievement of boys continues to be high on the government agenda. For many boys in this country and elsewhere, the demands made upon them in the Early Years to read and write, before they are emotionally and physically ready to do so, can give many an early taste of failure from which many of them never fully recover.
This book will address the issues that impact on achievement.