Why I love…Mixed Ability grouping in English


Discussions in school about why I in particular but why we as a team of teachers are very pleased with our mixed ability groupings in English got me thinking about the rationale behind why I wanted to continue with mixed ability groupings when I joined my current school. In my previous school I was very pro mixed ability groupings and I completed a lot of research into setting and I’ve used the ideas that I discovered in this research, the reading that I have completed and anecdotal evidence to try to summarise the rationale for continuing with mixed ability in all year groups from Year 7 to Year 11.

English rationale for Mixed Ability Grouping

Teaching to the Top

We should always aim, in every class to teach to the top, then scaffold down to ensure that the needs of all classes are met. This means skilful planning by the teacher to take into…

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