Hello there. I've posted a version of this thread on the English thread, but I'd value the thoughts and contributions of educators from across departments. I'd like to propose a theory for discussion. Whilst there are numerous teaching strategies and educational "hooks" to try out which feel very much like they address the curricular side of the argument, I am wondering whether or not the focus should be more pastoral? Should we be promoting the idea that teachers need to put more energy into establishing positive relationships with these male under-achievers - think phone calls home, brief after-lesson conversations, noticing when they are having good/bad days, using detentions as a time to build better relationships - rather than trying to teach them as a "bloc" of students? What do we think people?