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New Left Review I/29, January-February 1965


Quintin Hoare

Streaming and its Supporters

In its 1960 Primary and secondary schools in England and Wales the Ministry of Education said this: ‘So far as possible children of the same age are assigned to the same class but, where numbers in an age-group are big enough to make up two or more classes, it is often found in junior schools (but rarely infant schools) that children are classified according to their ability in English and arithmetic. This makes possible the more rapid progress of abler children, and a more encouraging pace (sic) for slower learners.’

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