21st September 2001 at 01:00
You report that research shows setting in primary maths "helps teachers not pupils" (TES, September 7).

But, in the study, both setted and mixed-ability groups "used the same teaching materials". Surely the point of setting is to allow all pupils to progress at an appropriate pace? This would be nullified by forcing them all on to the same level of work.

Further, the materials chosen were prepared for mixed-ability classes, and presumably best suited to that environment. A case of planning the study to get the answer you want?

Peter Newman 1 The Sears, Leighton Road Northall, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

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