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Super Saturdays with OneCornwall

Boys Don't Try?

Saturday 6th November, Penrice Academy, St Austell

Be on the front line of latest developments in teaching and learning from nationally and internationally renowned lead practitioners and speakers.

For decades schools have grappled with the most significant barriers to male academic success: a lack of motivation to succeed, anti-school attitudes, and boys' reluctance to study consistently. At this event, Mark Roberts will offer evidence-informed but practical advice to help teachers understand what makes boys tick and what they can do to help boys succeed academically. Mark is Director of Research at a school in Northern Ireland and he has worked at schools in Devon and Manchester. His latest bestseller, The Boy Question: How to Teach Boys to Succeed at School, was published by Routledge in June 2021. Other best-selling works include Boys Don’t Try? Rethinking Masculinity in Schools and You Can’t Revise for GCSE English! A frequent contributor to TES on subjects including pedagogy, behaviour, leadership, and educational research, Mark also specialises in the teaching of English. Find Mark on Twitter: @mr_englishteach

Download the flyer for the full programme for the day.

Event price: £100/£50 for ECTs & NQT+1. The cost of attending is eligible spend against the DfE recovery grant.

If you have any questions about the event or how to register then please do email the OneCornwall Partnership team at

Here are some of the measures we’ve put in place to ensure that the visit is comfortable:

  • Parking is available on site.
  • Attendees will be greeted and directed on where to go to avoid a build-up in communal areas.
  • Our team wear face masks and we ask all visitors to wear masks in all communal areas.
  • Hand sanitiser is available in easily-accessible locations.
  • We will place directional signage to aid social distancing.
  • As with all schools, there is an enhanced cleaning programme for all areas, with a focus on touchpoints.


  • Light refreshments will be provided – multiple stations to reduce communal area waiting times.