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Gold Coast to trial new program to lift boys' performance in class.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2005

Federal MP Steven Ciobo has today announced St Michael’s College at Carrara will take part in a national trial to improve educational outcomes for boys.

“St Michael’s is one of 40 schools that will trial new learning resources aimed at improving boys educational and social outcomes,” Mr Ciobo said.

“Research shows boys are not making the same progress as girls and are falling well behind in our education system.

“At the moment, boys’ average literacy levels are well behind girls’ levels right across the school curriculum, from early primary to secondary school.

“In this day and age, it is unacceptable that boys are not performing as well as they were some 25 years ago. It is important they keep up to speed,” he said.

The Howard Government will provide $290,000 to

establish the trial, as part of the $19.4 million Success for Boys Program.

The new learning resources will be trialled in Term 3 of this year in the three key areas of -

• Providing boys opportunities to benefit from positive male role models and mentors • Literacy teaching and assessment • Using information and communications technology to engage boys in learning

“The Howard Government is committed to improving boys’ educational and social outcomes and has allocated around $27 million over the next five years towards that goal,” Mr Ciobo said.

“I congratulate St Michael’s College on taking part in the program to develop a high quality, world class resource to be used for the education of boys, and look forward to the results.”