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Mixed Attainment Teaching: Beyond Differentiation

Why should you attend?

Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) explicitly states that it does not want to see too many lessons that involve time-consuming differentiation strategies. At the same time, research suggests that mixed attainment teaching leads to better outcomes for the majority of pupils – both in terms of results and self-esteem. So how do we square this circle in order to construct lessons and units of learning that work for all pupils on their own terms? Drawing on the inspirational ‘Learning Without Limits’ practices that were developed by teachers and academics working across sectors in all subject areas, this course shows you how a core of English disciplinary practices can be applied across your curriculum to help all of your pupils reach their potential.

What will the course cover?

  • Examining the evidence about mixed attainment teaching.
  • Interrogating the concept of ability in English.
  • Teaching difficult concepts and texts to mixed attainment classes.
  • Exploring the importance of pupil engagement, choice and reflection.
  • Practical ways to differentiate by outcome.

NB. This course draws on elements of a previous course, ‘Teaching Mixed Ability English’.



Excellent range of group tasks to build skill and independence in the classroom.

Helen Trute, Bishop Justus School on ‘Teaching Mixed Ability English’.

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