Should young children be grouped by ability?
The BBC has an in depth article asking should children as young as three, four and five be taught by ability? A report by the Institute of Education and the National Education Union has found that this is becoming common practice from Reception especially when preparing for tests and the phonics screening check. Many teachers surveyed for the research claim that children are aware of this grouping and this could have a negative impact on their mental health. However, John Blake from Policy Exchange claims that targeting work to children’s needs makes sense.