Effective teaching and learning for pupils in low attaining groups

Dunne, Mairead, Humphreys, Sara, Sebba, Judy, Dyson, Alan, Gallannaugh, Frances and Muijs, Daniel (2007) Effective teaching and learning for pupils in low attaining groups. Project Report. Department for Children, Schools and Families.

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Abstract

The research investigated the characteristics of pupils in low attainment sets, the factors that determine the composition of these sets and the approaches to effective teaching of pupils in low attainment groups used by schools. Central to the aims of the study was the identification of how schools and teachers maximise the benefits of attainment grouping and mitigate its disadvantages. It was conducted by the Universities of Sussex and Manchester, on behalf of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). While the main focus was on low attainment sets, consideration was also given to effective teaching approaches with pupils regarded as low attaining in other grouping arrangements and more generically within the broader school context.

The study sought to answer four key research questions:

1. What are the population characteristics of pupils in low attainment sets?
2. What practices and processes do schools use to identify and organise low attainment groups?
3. How do schools and teachers motivate and inspire pupils in low attaining groups to learn?
4. Are different approaches used for pupils from specific social groups (minority ethnic/social class/ gender) who are over-represented in low attainment groups and/or ‘at risk’ of low educational outcomes?

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Project Report)
Additional Information: Reasearch Paper Number: DSCF-RR011
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Mairead Dunne
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:15
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2021 09:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15423

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