Student grouping

Girls, Girls, Girls – Peer Effects in the Classroom

(Image sourced via Pixabay.com)   Finding the answer to school improvement troubles us all, and yet, sometimes the answers are sitting there at their desks looking straight at us. In short, having more girls helps improve learning. Gender grouping is the answer…case closed! It likely chimes with much of our personal experience as teachers. The …

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Student Grouping: Setting or Mixed Ability? AN UPDATE

  Very recently I asked the question about the thorny topic of student grouping: Is it better to group students based on their prior ability, in mixed ability groupings, or something in between? I went on to share some evidence from the EEF Toolkit, which is broadly critical of setting by ability models, whilst also …

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Student Grouping: Setting or Mixed Ability?

Is it better to group students based on their prior ability, in mixed ability groupings, or something in between? This questions besets schools, departments and teachers on an annual basis. There are unique conditions, supports and pressures that mean it is a difficult issue with no silver-bullet answer. The best we can do is survey the …

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