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Why I Support Primary School Setting

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Nancy Gedge wrote an interesting post this morning about setting and differentiation. What I liked about it was that it accounted for the experience both from the perspective of the parents and of the kids. I find it bizarre that any school who would see the benefits of setting would choose to stream the kids, so there would be a top stream who are in top set both for Maths and Literacy. It makes no sense, as everybody is fairly clear that kids might excel more at one than the other.

The reasons Nancy gives for placing her son into a special school – the fantastic facilities, the dedicated, knowledgeable staff, the high expectations of children living with the greatest of difficulties, the priority placed on learning for an independent life- are pretty close to the reasons why I think setting is effective and makes sense in primary school. With…

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