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Lads lose out in table talk;Letter;News and opinion

Ted Wragg makes some useful points (TES, November 12) around the media-led hype of underachieving boys. This is characterised by boys being labelled "laddish" which is given a detrimental slant.

It is equally true that we now possess a much narrower perception of ability. There are no national league tables for sporting, artistic or musical achievement and therefore examination results become a preoccupation.

Professor Wragg is however wrong about girls' lack of confidence as girls have been achieving greater examination success in technology-related subjects than boys since 1984, a further example of how changing the assessment method can ultimately change the attainment of a particular group.

David Spendlove

9 Pool House Road



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