11th September 1998 at 01:00
BOYS' UNDERACHIEVEMENT. Student teacher Candice Hambridge from Canterbury Christchurch College is researching the claim that boys get poorer grades in school than girls and is following up the Channel 4 programme, Why Men Don't Iron. She would particularly welcome feedback from teachers who adjust their lessons to accommodate boys having a five-minute attention span compared to girls' 15 minutes. Address: 22 Ivy Close, St Leonards, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 2QZ.


For one of her MA (Education) modules, primary teacher Jean Howe is researching the preconceptions, misinterpretations and general ambiguities surrounding the role of the school-based tutor in initial teacher training. Comments and anecdotal evidence welcomed. Address: "Conifers", Wayloed Lane, Mynyddbach, Shirenewton, Chepstow, Gwent NP6 6RW.


Please send information on how and why you were dismissed, your reactions, how you coped, what support you had and the outcome to J Giffould, who is producing a confidential questionnaire and aims to make a case study booklet to help others in a similar position. Address: 20 Weavers Row, Halstead, Essex CO9 2JX.


Would teachers caught in the situation of being neither able to work nor to retire due to poor health, please contact L M Jakes, "Penlan", Church Hill, Gazeley, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 8RT. Mr Jakes would also like to know whether a support group exists for individuals "who find themselves unwaged, their pensions locked away and who feel discarded by a profession which has demanded so much of them over decades".


Clarice Morley of The Ridings School, Halifax, is working with partner primary schools to explore ways of tackling the nationwide attainment dip that occurs after transition to secondary school. She would welcome ideas on similar initiatives or research. Tel: 0113 2537373 or 01422 352836; e-mail:

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