Dangerous Animals, Extreme Sports and Adventure Stories are helping to supercharge literacy skills for boys through a new learning program powered by a grant from Advance Queensland.
Literacy for Boys, an online interactive learning program designed specifically for boys, secured $100,000 in funding from the Queensland Government in Round 7 of the Ignite Ideas Fund.
Founder and director Tanya Grambower said the grant would help boost engagement with more Queensland schools and improve the literacy skills of a generation of young boys.
“The lack of literacy among boys across Australia is alarming,” Ms Grambower said.
“Poor literacy not only makes the classroom experience incredibly difficult on boys, but it can harm employment opportunities and impact life well beyond school.
“Literacy for Boys has the power to improve how Queensland boys learn to read and write.
“When approached the right way, boys can be switched on to reading and literacy.
“It’s the only program of its kind developed specifically for boys and their needs.
“Literacy for Boys grabs their attention and holds their interest by targeting topics boys find fascinating like Zombies, AFL, Cricket or Science.
“The program mixes topics with video, music and imagery so that boys willingly engage with the content.
“We make learning literacy fun for boys so that they race onto the next topic to learn about the Bermuda Triangle, Rollercoasters and Lego.
“The Ignite Ideas Funding will allow us to take the program to the next level, engage more boys and improve learning outcomes for a generation of young boys.”
The 2018 NAPLAN national report revealed girls outperformed boys in all literacy testing areas across all ages.
An 18-week trial of Literacy for Boys at Eaton’s Hill State School in 2018 showed reading, comprehension and spelling results improved by 12 months.
The program currently operates in six Queensland schools and has 800 individual users.
Ms Grambower said the Ignite Ideas Fund grant would position Literacy for Boys to expand across Australia and explore entering overseas markets.
“Boys need literacy skills not just for school, but for life,” she said.
“Literacy for Boys is every teacher’s dream because the content is aligned with the Australian curriculum and covers reading comprehension, grammar, spelling and punctuation.
“Teachers want their students to succeed in school and Literacy for Boys is a tool they can embrace to ensure boys get ahead in literacy.
“Better results in literacy lead to better results in other classroom subjects. This generates improved self-esteem and self-confidence.
“Parents also want their children to receive the best education and our entire learning program can be easily accessed at home.
“Literacy for Boys is all about securing our children’s future by ensuring they develop a foundation skill for life.”
Deputy Principal at Eatons Hill State School Ed Gordon said the school was “delighted” about the results from using Literacy for Boys.
“Most important was the anecdotal feedback from our students who were engaged and enjoying using the program,” he said.
“The program allows for differentiated delivery of content in an enticing platform that has captured not only the interest of our boys, but equally our girls who enjoy the program just as much.”
Source: Literacy for Boys