Nurturing Learning Or Encouraging Dependency? Teacher Constructions Of Students In Lower Attainment Groups

Students classed as less able are being hindered by being grouped into ability-based sets, according to this research by academics at UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

Teachers’ expectations of pupils in lower sets, which are based on their prior academic record and closely tied to the belief that their behaviour will be more challenging, could instil a damaging ‘culture of dependency’ on teachers among these groups. 

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