Equality Matters: Case Studies From the Primary School by Hilary Claire, Janet Maybin, John Swarbrooke

By Hilary Claire, Janet Maybin, John Swarbrooke

First released in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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Paul Patrick is currently Head of Year at a South East London Comprehensive. He was a founder member of the Lesbian/Gay Teachers Group and has worked for the development of lesbian and gay issues in education since he came out in 1974. In 1990 he was presented with the Edward Carpenter Award for service to the lesbian and gay cause. He was an Advisory Teacher for equal opportunities and the pastoral curriculum in the Inner London Health Education Authority from 1984 to 1987. Andrew Pritchard, a native of West London, spent most of the 1970s and 1980s travelling in various parts of the world.

The editors would like to thank Pam Powter from the Open University School of Education who assisted in the compilation of the book. She was responsible for word processing, administration and management of production of the final manuscript. Acknowledgements Chapter 2 'Chris Raine' s Progress' has been revised and reproduced with permission from The Open University. , Masterton, M. and Potts, P. (eds) (1992) Learning for all I: Curriculum for Diversity in Education. London: Routledge. Grateful acknowledgement is made to the authors concerned for the reproduction of photographs and other materials in their chapters.

It is not new for primary schools to wrestle with boys' underachievement in reading and writing. In this class the problem had become highly visible. Osman, Gary, Alex and Darren all had obvious difficulties with literacy, compounded by lack of motivation, lack of confidence and I would suggest, their own perceptions of appropriate male behaviour. It is unwise to generalise from a handful of cases and even here there seem to be different reasons for the boys' alienation. Darren seemed more a follower than a leader of disruption when his behaviour was closely observed.

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