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Top set, bottom set: what is ability?

05 June 2018, 1:15 pm–2:00 pm

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Most primary pupils are currently grouped by 'ability' at school. However, 'ability' grouping appears to reduce the learning, as well as personal/social flourishing, of pupils in 'bottom' groups. Almost no previous research has addressed the ways in which these negative outcomes occur.

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UCL Festival of Culture

Location

B05-B15
Darwin Building, UCL
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

This session marks the launch of a major new Leverhulme-funded project at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) which focuses on primary school children at the 'bottom' of the class. The five-year project will observe 24 pupils' experience of being in 'bottom' groups from age 7-12, following them from Year 3 to Year 7 in secondary school. Through observing, interviewing and filming the children at frequent intervals over five years, the study aims to explore the effects of ability grouping on pupils' ability to flourish personally and socially.

About the speaker

The session will be led by Dr Eleanore Hargreaves, Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment at the IOE.

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