Hi all, I'm relatively new to the forum so I hope you don't mind me asking a question of you all. I'm currently doing my initial teacher training at University and I have an assignment coming up which is of my own choosing so I've decided to look at mixed ability grouping. I'm currently looking at the debate as a whole, whether teacher prefer/pupils benefit from set classes of mixed ability classes. It would be great to hear your opinions. For the paper itself, I'm narrowing it down to 'how to motivate higher ability pupils to engage when working in mixed ability groups'. This stemmed from my first placement in a mixed ability school and finding, at times, higher ability pupils feeling disenfranchised when working in groups. Although I differentiated work, at times they didn't feel inspired to engage when they saw others getting away with doing much less. I'd be delighted if you could share your thoughts on the topic. Of course, if I feel using your comments in my final report appropriate, I will ask your permission. Thanks!