I am looking for some advice on how to stretch and motivate a young man in my Y9 mixed ability English class. In lessons he avoids work and can be very silly. I've spent quite a lot of time talking to him and his mum, and we've established he does this as a mechanism to avoid standing out from his peers, and that often - in all lessons, not just mine - he is just bored. We agreed that for 2 particular pieces of work - one in class and one at home - he would work to the absolute best of his ability. And he has. I genuinely cannot fault his work. It is superb, with a clear voice and crafted with a skill I would give alot to have myself. Without question he achieves a top level 8 in both pieces. But how do I keep him motivated and enthused and stretched? I will flag it up to head of dept and head of year, but they in reality won't do alot. We aren't good as a school at stretching the top. We do have a G&T coordinator but she doesn't do anything. I feel this boy could access A level work with no extra teaching. What do I do??!