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Tudor CEVC Primary School. Parents’ Forum – March 2014 How do we best organise the children into classes in the academic year 2014/15?. Considerations. We have a Pupil Admission Number (PAN) of 45 This means that there will have to be at least some mixed age classes

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Tudor cevc primary school

Tudor CEVC Primary School

Parents’ Forum – March 2014

How do we best organise the children into classes in the academic year 2014/15?


Considerations
Considerations

  • We have a Pupil Admission Number (PAN) of 45

  • This means that there will have to be at least some mixed age classes

  • Currently there are no year groups with 45 children in thembut theoretically there could be

  • Many schools teach mixed age classes as successfully as single age classes

  • Theoretically Year 2 and Year 6 are doing different curriculums than the rest of the school next year

  • Ideally whatever we establish should be sustainable

  • EYFS would remain as one single unit


Options
Options

  • Option 1 – we stay as we are

  • Option 2 – we organise the classes into age groups

  • Option 3 – we organise the classes into ability groups

  • Option 4 – we develop an intervention group


Option 1 we stay as we are
Option 1 – we stay as we are

This means:

  • Two Foundation classes

  • Three mixed classes in Key Stage 1

  • Three mixed classes in Lower Key Stage 2

  • Three mixed ages classes in Upper Key Stage 2

    (currently, we have separate Year 5 and 6 classes and a mixed group in the middle in Upper Key Stage 2 but they are smaller year groups)


Advantages
Advantages

  • It’s the most equitable system

  • It allows teachers to plan together

  • Children will be more able to select a friend or two to be in the class with them


Disadvantages
Disadvantages

  • There can be a danger of pitching to the middle – not enough challenge for the most able; not enough scaffolding for those that need support – this can be especially true in maths

  • A wide age range and wider levels of maturity

  • Different curriculums with different expectations in Years 1 and 2 and Years 5 and 6.


Option 2 we organise the classes in age groups
Option 2 – we organise the classes in age groups

This would mean fewer mixed age classes.

Across two year groups, the classes would be organised by age. The oldest would make a one single age class; as would the youngest. There would then be a much smaller mixed age class in the middle. These children whilst in different years would only be about six months different in age.


Advantages1
Advantages

  • There would be fewer mixed age classes with therefore a narrower achievement and attainment group in each

  • The curriculum could be more tailored

  • The smaller group in the middle, whilst mixed age, would get more individual support from being in a small group

  • This is what the majority of mixed age PAN schools do

  • Children would only be in mixed age class for one year at a time


Disadvantages1
Disadvantages

  • The mix of children might need to be carefully considered

  • There would be greatly reduced , if any, scope for children to choose their friends to be with

  • Could be considered less fair

  • Transition from EYFS into Key Stage 1 for some of our youngest children could be challenging


Option 3 we organise the children into ability groups
Option 3 – we organise the children into ability groups

In this option, we would see the three parts of the school (Key Stage 1/Lower Key Stage 2/Upper Key Stage 2) organised in to three streams or sets according to the children’s abilities. The more able the group the larger the group would be.


Advantages2
Advantages

  • Theoretically a much narrower ability range in classes

  • Work could be more directly targeted

  • Support could be intensified in the groups where it is most needed


Disadvantages2
Disadvantages

  • Less flexibility for movement between classes

  • It would be difficult to organise children who were, for example, excellent at maths and needed support in Literacy

  • These groups may not include friendships

  • The most able also need support

  • Three classes doesn’t really narrower the ability range that much

  • Self-esteem issues


Option 4 we develop an intervention group
Option 4 – we develop an intervention group

This model currently runs in Upper Key Stage 2. There are two single age classes of Year 5 and 6 and a small group of 16 in the middle who need a greater level of personal intervention.


Advantages3
Advantages

  • More single age classes

  • Easier curricular teaching

  • Evidence shows that the model is beginning to work in our upper Key Stage 2 classes


Disadvantages3
Disadvantages

  • Flexibility of movement between groups could be hampered

  • Danger of creating a “sink” group where expectations are too low

  • Damaging to self-esteem

  • Permanence of these groups


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