Lunch Hour Lecture: Impact of tracking school pupils by ability on educational and social inequality
15 October 2019, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Becky Francis, Director of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), looks at how factors such as social background and ethnicity are still key determinants for student attainment and shares recommendations for socially just and effective grouping practices.
This event is free.
Darwin Lecture Theatre044: Darwin BuildingGower StreetLondonWC1E 6BT
The schools system in England is largely comprehensive yet significant gaps in student attainment remain predicated on factors such as social background and ethnicity. One potential explanation for this is 'within-school tracking', or setting and streaming.
The Best Practice in Grouping Students study sheds new light on the impact of setting by 'ability' on pupil self-confidence and attainment, and how it exacerbates social inequality. It explores why equitable practice in grouping pupils is difficult for schools.
In this lecture, Becky will outline the study’s key findings and share recommendations to promote socially just and effective grouping practice.