EEF research on setting was mentioned in reports on policy discussions on the issue in The Guardian , Daily Telegraph, Independent and BBC News.
The EEF issued the following statement on the setting issue.
“The Toolkit draws on existing research evidence on setting and subject grouping, which suggests that it has benefits for high attaining pupils, but not for pupils in low sets. It is clearly important that schools enable all children to fulfil their potential, and this is particularly so for disadvantaged pupils. It is because we want to learn more about how setting impacts on disadvantaged pupils that we have commissioned further research in this area. The research will investigate best practice in grouping students and help schools address poor practices in high and low sets, including low expectations, allocation of teachers and sets which do not change.”