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Research suggests that streaming or fixed groupings can be detrimental to some pupils’ learning and may have longer term negative effects on attitudes and engagement with education. However, allocating pupils to groups flexibly, based on the individual needs that they currently share with other pupils, has a more positive effect. Flexible grouping can lead to faster, better, and deeper learning, without the danger of pigeonholing pupils.

This staff meeting starter encourages discussion about how effectively staff use flexible grouping to adapt their teaching to meet the needs of all pupils.

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Flexible grouping features in our training module on adaptive teaching. Premium subscribers can access this training module from the ‘teaching strategies’ page.

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