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A research project funded by the Education Endowment Foundation.


Dos and don’ts of attainment grouping

By Becky Taylor, on 7 September 2018

This week we are launching ‘Dos and don’ts of attainment grouping’, our guide on evidence-informed grouping for teachers.

There are well-documented challenges with all forms of attainment grouping. Nevertheless, development of support for good practice in student grouping, and effective pedagogy therein, is under-developed. Our new guide is intended to help teachers improve existing practices in attainment grouping, and mixed attainment grouping. We hope that it will support teachers to facilitate equality of access to high quality pedagogy and curriculum, and to opportunities to progress and achieve, for all students regardless of background and prior attainment level.

You can download a copy of ‘Dos and don’ts of attainment grouping’ from our website. (Follow the link and scroll to the bottom of the page).

Also this week, the Education Endowment Foundation has updated the Teaching and Learning Toolkit entries for attainment grouping and published the evaluation of our Best Practice in Setting and Best Practice in Mixed Attainment randomised controlled trials. You can read more here.

This week’s TES includes an article  about our research (the link is to a shortened online version: there is a longer version in the magazine and for subscribers) and you can read a reflection on the research by project director, Professor Becky Francis on the TES website.

Becky Francis and Jeremy Hodgen will be presenting findings from our research at the ResearchED National Conference on Saturday 8 September – come and find out about our research at 10am in the school hall and get a copy of ‘Dos and dont’s of attainment grouping.’

Becky Francis, Jeremy Hodgen and Becky Taylor will also be at BERA next week. Come to our symposium on Thursday at 2.30pm.

One Response to “Dos and don’ts of attainment grouping”

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    Newsround – John Dabell wrote on 7 September 2018:

    […] to classes based on their ability. The project team have developed a resource for teachers, ‘Dos and Dont’s of attainment Grouping‘, that draws out tips for best practice in setting and in mixed attainment grouping, based on […]