* Make sure he has a homework diary. Help and supervise him as he uses it.
* Try to find something he can or will do, and that you can liberally praise.
* Set an easy, "fun" homework - related, say, to watching TV.
* Find out Keith's interests, then set him work based on his specialist knowledge.
* Set a homework that involves students bringing something in - a model, a photograph - and angle it towards Keith's interests.
* se drama (in any subject). Give Keith a part, and some lines to learn at home.
* Set group tasks that bring peer pressure to bear.
* Have a class homework trophy. Present it to Keith at the first genuine opportunity.
* If Keith gets detentions for not doing homework, and the school has a homework club, take Keith to the club instead of to detention and set him a challenging, enjoyable task.
* Praise him for work in class, especially towards the end of the lesson. Then suggest a follow-up task for homework.
Gerald Haigh Next week: textbooks