Besides, it is rather unreal to grade people just according to their intellectual ability. This isonly one aspect of their total personality. We are concerned to develop the abilities of all ourpupils to the full, not just their academic ability. We also value personal qualities and socialskills, and we find that mixed-ability teaching contributes to all these aspects of learning,
In our classrooms, we work in various ways. The pupils often work in groups: this givesthem the opportunity to learn to co-operate, to share, and to devetop leadership skills. They alsolearn how to cope with personal problems as well as learning how to think, to make decisions, toanalyze and evaluate, and to communicate effectively. The pupils learn from each other as well asfrom the teacher.
Sometimes the pupils work in pairs; sometimes they work on individual tasks and assign-ments, and they can do this at their own speed. They also have some formal class teaching whenthis is appropriate. We encourage our pupils to use the library, and we teach them the skills theyneed in order to do this efficiently. An advanced pupil can do advanced work: it does not matterwhat age the child is. We expect our pupils to do their best, not their least, and we give themevery encouragement to attain this goal.