Exploring Classroom Grouping Practices in Wales

Greenway, Charlotte (2024) Exploring Classroom Grouping Practices in Wales. Wales Journal of Education. ISSN 2059-3708 (In Press)

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Grouping practices in classrooms are under-researched within the Welsh context. This exploratory research aimed to provide information about grouping practices for those with additional learning needs (ALN) and educators' decision-making concerning these. In addition, the study sought to gain insight into changes to grouping practices during the COVID-19 pandemic and priorities for the future. Data was gathered using an online survey of primary and secondary school ALNCos (n=102) based in Wales. Findings revealed that mixed ability was the most frequently used grouping practice for general subjects across primary and secondary schools. Similar to figures found elsewhere in the UK, the grouping of core subjects in both age phases was attainment-based. A wide range of grouping practices were selected, which offered support for academic learning, with less focus on learner choice or socially-based groups. This was the case for learners with and without ALN, and figures also show an increase in attainment grouping for younger children. ALNCos highlighted concerns over the standard of ALN provision during the pandemic and the need to move towards more child-centred, socially-focused interventions. Implications of the study and recommendations for the future are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Charlotte Greenway
Date Deposited: 09 May 2024 09:40
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 14:53
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/2948

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