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Mixed Sets Poll

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Vince_Ulam, Nov 25, 2015.


Please respond according to PRIMARY or SECONDARY - TEACH or DON'T TEACH - LIKE or DON'T LIKE

  1. SECONDARY - TEACH mixed sets - LIKE teaching mixed sets

  2. SECONDARY - TEACH mixed sets - DON'T LIKE teaching mixed sets

  3. SECONDARY - DON'T TEACH mixed sets - LIKE teaching mixed sets

  4. SECONDARY - DON'T TEACH mixed sets - DON'T LIKE teaching mixed sets

  5. PRIMARY - TEACH mixed sets - LIKE teaching mixed sets

  6. PRIMARY - TEACH mixed sets - DON'T LIKE teaching mixed sets

  7. PRIMARY - DON'T TEACH mixed sets - LIKE teaching mixed sets

  8. PRIMARY - DON'T TEACH mixed sets - DON'T LIKE teaching mixed sets

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  1. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter


    Thanks for your response and please feel free to comment below.
  2. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Do you mean mixed ability classes?
  3. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Yes, I do. The poll assumes mainstream schools.
  4. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    I need to clarify my vote. All sets are effectively mixed ability, and I enjoy that.What I don't enjoy is trying to prepare students that vary so much they are taking different exams.

    With my other hat on, all classes are mixed ability, and I like that.
  5. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

  6. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Yes. In some subjects, where numbers allow.
  7. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    In my old school... it was mixed ability in my subject area. And Maths and Science were set but English wasn't.

    I don't have much experience of set teaching therefore I voted for mixed/like it. Hard to vote otherwise for me.
  8. Weald56

    Weald56 Established commenter

    Situation is more complex than this - I worked in some comprehensives which banded in some subjects, were mixed ability in others, and set in some; I also worked in selective schools which were mixed ability (within the selective set up) in most subjects, but set in others.
  9. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    The question asked by the poll is whether people teach mixed sets, not whether their school's entire curriculum is mixed for each year.
  10. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Actually, I regret my vote now. I teach one subject which is set, and another which is not.
    My set class varies from A* down to a D/E grade... I'd call that mixed ability, even though it is an ability set.
  11. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I do love dolly mixtures!
  12. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Over the years my pancreas has become less fond of them. My teeth mainly gave up years ago.
  13. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    The little pink jap dessert ones are my favourites. They come in chocolate flavour too but I don't see any of those in the picture.
  14. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    I teach EFL and students are definitely in classes appropriate to their level!!
  15. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    It depends on the subject. Art? Mixed ability. English? Streamed.
  16. felltogroundinberkeleysquare

    felltogroundinberkeleysquare Established commenter

    Being serious for once, I think streaming is OK up to a point, and in my day at secondary school, we were made to do what were essentially IQ tests, but this never crossed the boundaries of our "house" set, which was probably the right way to go about it. Some children are late developers, and some have very pushy parents, and so streaming early on can be detrimental especially for boys. I have encountered schools whom are obsessed with streaming across everything, whereas the child may be G&T in some areas, but not others. The trouble is, the school speaks to itself for results, whereas it should be speaking to the child, and this is why I have always taken the law into my own hands if necessary, to jump out of those schools who have the thinking of Nelly the Elephant.
  17. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    Set for maths, love it. Set for English hate it.
  18. dominant_tonic

    dominant_tonic Established commenter

    Music is never set. I like it. Ability in music is often nothing compared to ability in maths and English so if they were set according to that, it would still be nixed ability anyway.
  19. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter


    In the 27 November issue of TES, headteacher Sam Hunter explains how she has stopped using setting at her primary school, prompted by a colleague who visited a school where ability-grouped tables went from "Killer Whale" to "Plankton".

    To accompany the feature, TES asked Becky Francis, professor of education and social justice at King's College London, to provide an update on the Education Endowment Foundation-funded project she is leading, 'Best Practice in Grouping Students'. You can watch the video [in the link]
  20. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    That's brilliant.

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