An interesting read, (albeit lengthy!!). I also read some of the the other ofsted report mentioned in the report, about boys writing!!!
The tests were held in schools, both Primary and Secondary, which preformed well academically and the gender gap, was less than the norm.
Interestingly they found that single gender schools did no better than mixed schools.
Nothing could be pin pointed as a quick fix. A mix of things were seen in all these schools, some of which were, Good teaching practise as well as a stricter environment, setting boundries. A high learning ethos, good feedback, and subtle guidance from teachers (Showing boys that what they were doing was in line with requirements, and what they needed to do, to improve.) Parental support, and smaller targets to name a few.
It was also noted that girls were better at rising above indifferent teaching and get what they needed from a lesson.
Bringing to mind.....
Getting youngest yr4 son to sit down and write a book review for homework recently, was no easy chore. The teacher had said: in no more than 50 words, which was his main focus.
Going through what was required, then spending 40mins on this, inevitably put him over the 50 word threshold. Of course he was now worried about his teachers reponse to the 50word limit.......... He was given a single tick for his effort. No verbal comment either.
Whilst I appreciate teachers usually have 30+ homeworks to mark, the report does shed some light on how certain things come about.
I now understand his thinking: Why put in so much effort, do the bare minimum, as it makes little difference to the reaction to my work!