Realistically there are three types of lazy boys.  Lazy boy 1: genuinely cannot be bothered to be awake.  Lazy boy 2: la la la school is not happening, I will just sit here and let it pass me by.  Lazy boy 3: I genuinely do not need to do your silly tasks and I will prove it by pulling off a top grade in the end and really really upsetting your results day.

Let’s take each type of lazy boy one at a time and think how to motivate them.

Lazy Boys Type 1:

Strangely, considering they are always so sleepy, you are likely to get exhausted long before they are.  You will try stick first… detention, phone calls home, parents in.  Parents will be exhausted with the effort of prompting life into the lifeless teenager too.  So, you try carrot and you realise the eyes do not open long enough to pay attention to what you are dangling in front of them.

So, what do you do?

First, consider why they are so tired.  Are they playing computer games to the early hours? Are they unwell – is it possible that they need to go to the doctors? Are they going through a major growth spurt and therefore tired?

Thinking around the issue is sometimes really the only way.  So, it is about working out why they are tired and then working out how to do something about this.  It could be that the pastoral leader needs to consider changing the times of his school day.  If he came in at 11am, having slept longer into the day, would his time at school be more productive? Or, is the answer 1:1 time with an intervention teacher? It is difficult to do nothing when there is a teacher sat right there with you.  Or, it may be that the emphasis should be placed back onto the parents to think through why their boy might be falling asleep at school.

Bottom line – he could just be lazy and he needs another 10 years to grow up before he understands why education is important. Good luck saying this to your line manager.

Lazy Boys Type 2

Boys are not like girls – and not just for the obvious reasons.  Girls panic outwardly and therefore give you every chance of dealing with their stress and worry. Boys panic inwardly and like a rabbit in front of a truck: freeze. So, if they are normally someone who would trundle along and then stop trundling – assume they are scared.  Be gentle with these boys, as you would be girls.  The lads in Year 10 and 11 may well be 6-foot-tall but they still have the voice of a 6-year-old inside.

So, like with stress-filled girls – address what they are scared about; break down the task into smaller chunks and offer to be around at informal times to help them if they need it.  This is the hardest type of lazy boy to spot but the easiest boy to help back to working ways!

Lazy Boy Type 3

Seethe.  There is nothing else for it! They really were bright enough to pass the exam without doing your “silly” tasks.  Ease your pain by knowing that 99 out of 100 boys will fall flat on their arse without your tasks to help them!