IOE research raises concerns about setting by ability

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Schools have been advised to consider minimising setting and streaming by ability because of ‘risks’ associated with this.

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and Queen's University Belfast research has raised several concerns about allocating pupils to classes based on their ability. These include bias and misallocation.

Based on analysis of data from over 9000 Year 7 pupils at 46 secondary schools in England, researchers found that almost a third of pupils were placed in sets that were either higher or lower than their end-of-primary results would have warranted based on their Key Stage…

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