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Allocating pupils to different classes according to their ability, rather than teaching them in mixed‐ability classes. This was a common practice in grammar schools and secondary schools during the era of selection between the 1940s and early 1970s, and was continued in some comprehensive schools, despite the comprehensive principle of non‐selection, since teaching pupils across the entire ability range in one class, it was claimed, was found in some cases to disadvantage both the more able pupils and those who needed additional support. Streaming is used more in secondary than in primary schools, although some primary schools do employ it. More usual in the primary sector is the organization of pupils by ability into sets, particularly for English and mathematics.

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