material aimed at giving all 14 year old students the best chance of
doing well in their Key Stage 3 tests - especially boys.
tests. They aim to provide parents and schools with a measure of each
Both boys and girls test results are improving - 2002 Key Stage 3
results were the best ever, with 67 per cent of pupils achieving the
target level (5) or above, but there is a gender gap with girls
continuing to outperformed boys, particularly in English.
Encouraging boys to take more of an interest in their learning
requires an innovative approach to an old problem - such as using
football as a vehicle to re-motivate them. The new Key Stage 3
booster materials are part of a package of exciting measures that are
targeted at pupils who need or want additional support, boys in
Research shows that students who do well at Key Stage 3 (11-14) are
likely to continue doing well through 14-19, but those who fail to
make progress usually continue to struggle. Key Stage 3 is critical
to achievement in later education and is therefore at the forefront
of the government's focus.
David Miliband said:
'A significant minority of young people, especially boys, get turned
off in secondary school soon after they arrive and the main reason
for this is boredom. Boredom is the gateway to truancy, bad behaviour
and eventually to dropping out. That is why the Key Stage 3 Strategy
is so important.
'The strategy aims to promote more active and more independent
learning. This means fast-paced, lively lessons which use an
interactive style and are rich in oral work; texts and topics which
will sustain boys' interests and cater for diverse tastes; and role
models such as male writers.'
The booster materials will give students fun, helpful tips, to
prepa re for the tests. The materials include a revision diary for
girls and a series of football cards for boys - with revision
information on one side and 'football facts' on the other. There are
also magazine supplements for parents on how to support their
children through the tests.
Underpinning the study materials, a new innovative website has been
set up especially for Year 9 students preparing for their tests:
The site offers more study tips and also gives students the chance to
win a goody bag if they provide the best study tips
This Notice applies to England.
1. School Standards Minister David Miliband launched the Key Stage 3
booster material at the Arsenal Football Club where he also spoke to
14 year old boys.
2. For pupils nationally, a diary will appear in J17 and football
cards in the Match magazine. Parents supplements will appear in
Closer and Top Sante. All magazines are available across the country.
3. Students will be sitting their Key Stage 3 tests in May.
4. The materials are an innovative way to reach young people through
sending out the Government's key messages in an appealing, youth
5. The KS3 National Strategy is an investment of £500m up to 2003/04
to raise standards for all 11-14 year olds by spreading effective
teaching and learning to every classroom and is part of the
Government's wider plans to transform secondary education.
6. Booster materials, updated for 2003, consist of a set of three
kits, one each for English, mathematics and science. The materials
aim to help pupils achieve levels 5 and 6 in the Year 9 tests. Each
* Advice on helping pupils prepare for the Key Stage 3 tests;
* A set of booster lesson plans and associated preprint resources;
* A leaflet for pupils on how to prepare for the tests;
* A leaflet for parents giving details of the test and how they can
best support their child.
7. The kits were sent directly to schools in November 2002 and are
also available from the Key Stage 3 website at: