Susan Hallam
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Streaming pupils 'lowers expectations'

One in six children are being streamed by ability by the age of seven, according to research by the Institute of Education.

The researchers found boys were more likely to be placed in the bottom stream than girls.

Speaking to the BBC, the research project's leader Professor Susan Hallam, warned that streaming leads to parents and teachers having lower expectations of pupils, which become "self-fulfilling prophesies".

  • 15 Jun 2011
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