Effective group work strategies in primary
This case study was written by Beth Budden, a primary school teacher. As you read this case study, reflect on how the teacher has carefully considered grouping in their classes. Take some time to think about what the teacher does, how they do it, what they might do differently and how this might influence your own practice. How teachers group their pupils for lessons remains an important aspect of pedagogy and, as research has shown, carries implications for social justice in relation to improving the educational attainment of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, (Francis et al 2017). Grouping pupils by ability, or grouping by ‘attainment,’ a more appropriate term, remains the commonplace practice for schools both in the UK and around the world. However, findings suggest that most pupils benefit more from mixed attainment grouping (Francis et al 2017, EEF 2018). Consequently, a thoughtful approach to grouping is required if teachers are to avoid some of the negative effect
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