Class divisions

1st December 2006 at 00:00
I was struck by the stark contrast of two articles in last week's TES.

"When it comes to exams, class matters" showed that students benefit from being taught alongside higher-achieving peers, while "Streams of ability"

preached denying students this advantage by segregating them. Grouping by ability, whether at school or class level, benefits some of the already-advantaged at the cost of lowering the achievement of the rest. The future prosperity of the UK depends on raising the achievement of all students, and not just a privileged few.

Professor Dylan Williams

Deputy Director

Institute of Education, University of London

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