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Lunch Hour Lecture: Impact of tracking school pupils by ability on educational and social inequality

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 15 October 2019

School children at desks

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.

Event Information

Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Emma Hart

Location

Darwin Lecture Theatre
044: Darwin Building
Gower Street
London
WC1E 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.

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