Emma Seith

Setting ‘puts Scotland’s poor at a disadvantage’

Pupils much more likely to be grouped by ability here than abroad, research shows

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Pupils in Scottish secondaries are more likely to be grouped by ability than those in almost any other western country outside of the UK, new figures show, prompting one leading academic to warn that the practice puts poorer pupils at a “double disadvantage”.

An inclusion expert has also warned that grouping by ability is now increasingly common in Scottish primary schools – just as the government is striving to “close the attainment gap” between the most and least well-off pupils.

Although Scotland has among the least academically selective school admissions systems in the world, last week’s ...

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