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Atomac said in September 2nd, 2009 at 1:55 am

The separation of students based on behaviour and ability has some merit, however, it also serves to label students. A student placed in a low achievement or disruptive group is highly aware of where they fit in and are likely to continue to carry on in these behaviours. They are unlikely to be able to move into the other groups.

It raises issues too of who will teach these challenging students. I doubt that any teacher will be able to stand, day after day, an unrewarding and difficult class day after day.

Certainly the issues that you describe above are real, but I feel that there must be some other solution that does not serve to limit the achievement of those who are already at risk of failure.