David Cameron: Schools should set pupils according to ability

26 February 2015

Commenting on newspaper reports that David Cameron’s believes schools should divide pupils into sets according to their ability, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Before the Conservatives impose yet another policy on schools, they should look at the evidence. The Education Endowment Foundation - which the DfE recommends as an authoritative source of research evidence - is absolutely clear: for most pupils, setting and streaming by ability have a negative effect. They are ‘detrimental’ to the learning of middle- and lower-attaining learners.

‘The NUT urges David Cameron to consult the research rather than making policy on the basis of instinct and prejudice. The best education policies are those that support the learning of all pupils, not just a minority.”

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