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How do you ask a girl out? Boys are to be given dating tips in school
6:10am Wednesday 18th December 2013 in News
DATING advice, money management and life skills are to be offered to boys from male teachers in a unique way of improving attainment at a school.
Chase High School is hoping to boost the self confidence of its young male pupils to help them improve their learning and eventually their results.
The male mentor scheme is being introduced by headteacher Victoria Overy for those boys who do not have a positive male role model in their lives.
Subjects will vary from how to save money, how to ask a girl out, how to treat women, how to approach a teacher if you have a problem, how to present yourself and shave, and what it means to be a good pupil and friend.
They will do golf lessons, football tournaments, and team building activities such as camping, survival skills and bowling.
The Lilian Baylis School in Lambeth had recently spoken about similar initiatives and subsequent improvements at an education training day.
Mrs Overy said “They and also Cornelius Vermuyden on Canvey have both seen real results so we’ve taken some of the ideas and are working with our male teachers and the male pupils to come up with our own scheme.
“It’s a way of supporting them differently. It often involves pupils on free school meals who may not have a male role model in their life. They feel their life could not be much different.
“The boys’ input has been vital and ideas range from subjects they want to talk about to activities they want to do.
“We want to improve their attitude to learning and school, to have them feel appreciated.
“I have a school full of really committed, passionate young men who the lads already look up to and it’s a gift. Now we are more overtly doing something more about that.”
The school plans to introduce the first sessions early next year.
Mrs Overy said: “Young men have a skewed view of what a relationship is like because of the easy access to pornography.
“Its about improving self esteem and helping them to grow up to be decent men.
“Just going to lessons will make no difference unless you look at the whole person rather just them as a student.”
Girls will work with female teachers on finance management and career aspirations.
The school was recently rated inadequate by Ofsted.
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