The dinosaur in the classroom: what we stand to lose through ability-grouping in the primary school

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Abstract

Embedding setting (subject-based ability-grouping) into the primary-school environment creates structural conflict - physically and culturally - fundamentally changing the nature of primary schools through the imposition of secondary practices and cultures and the loss of pastoral care. This article examines the hidden implications for teachers and pupils of taking on secondary-school roles within the primary-school context. It highlights the wide-ranging, yet nuanced impacts of the use of setting, examining the shift towards subject-based thinking and the erosion of the pastoral-centred holistic ethos of primary education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-54
Number of pages10
JournalForum: For Promoting 3-19 Comprehensive Education
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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