Some children are better at maths than others. Streaming is one way to help the more able ones learn better, but can have a labelling effect on those who are weak in the subject – especially if done at a young age. Photo: Alamy

Primary school maths: streaming for high-ability learners – pros, cons and alternatives

  • Children can be streamed, grouped for ability within the classroom, or taught in mixed-ability classes
  • Streaming them at a young age, especially for a hard subject such as maths, can have negative effects on slower learners
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Some children are better at maths than others. Streaming is one way to help the more able ones learn better, but can have a labelling effect on those who are weak in the subject – especially if done at a young age. Photo: Alamy
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