The Global Campaign for Men and Boys

Challenge 2: How will you help boys do better at school?

120 reasons #17

The level of education we attain can help determine how well we do in many other areas of life such as career, prosperity, health, happiness and personal safety.

Boys are underperforming girls at every stage of education, are more likely to be excluded from school and less likely to go to university. When boys get a good education they are more likely be healthy, wealthy and free from crime—and less likely to be unemployed, to die prematurely or to end up in prison.

Our education system excludes more boys; gets better results for girls and helps fewer boys go to university.

By the time they are five years old, boys trail girls in 11 of the 13 measures used to assess our children’s educational development. At the age of 11, boys are nearly twice as likely as girls to leave primary school unable to read and write at the expected standard and girls are 57% more likely to achieve a top A* grade in their GCSE and A-level exams.

Around one million boys in England and Wales have a Special Educational Need, which means these boys need more support to help them to get an education. Boys are 2.5 times more likely to have the most severe special needs at primary school and 3 times as likely to have the most severe special needs at secondary school. Boys are also 7 times more likely to have emotional, social and behavioural difficulties and 6 times more likely to have an autistic spectrum disorder.

By the time they reach adulthood, girls are a third more likely to go to university and the smaller numbers of young men who do graduate are 50% more likely to be unemployed.

We invite all political parties to consider what action they will commit to taking to ensure boys get better outcomes from the education system.


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This entry was posted on November 18, 2013 by in 12 Manifesto Challenges and tagged , .
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