Apologies if this is repeating a previous post - I've been back several pages and can't find anything similar but do let me know if something exists... I dislike maths 'ability' groups, and even, as you can see, the idea that children can be categorised by ability before they've even had a look at a concept. Yes, I know that I will have to use such groups if that's what my school does (I'm a student), and yes, I do have an alternative. But what I would like to know is - has anyone done away with 'ability' groups in maths, and how did you find the experience? Or has anyone tried to do away with them and been thwarted by management? It happened in a Y4 class I worked with as a TA, and none of the children, even in their mixed groups, wanted to sit where the 'low ability' group had previously sat. It was, apparently, the 'stupid table'. One child's mother even came into school and complained about her daughter having to sit there - mainly because the child hadn't reported the situation accurately, lol. Anyway, we were having a discussion today about it and some colleagues couldn't even begin to imagine teaching without grouping the children by 'ability' first. So I'm wondering what the bigger picture is like.