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Curricula for Diversity in Education by Will Swann, Patricia Potts, Mary Masterton, Tony Booth

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Chapter 10

An extra radiator?

Teachers’ views of support teaching and withdrawal in developing the English of bilingual pupils

John Williamson

Source: British Journal of Educational Studies 15(3), pp. 315–26.

This chapter explores the views of a group of secondary support teachers towards methods of learning support for pupils whose first language is not English. The teachers interviewed argue in favour of support teaching in mainstream lessons, but also see advantages in withdrawal for separate small group and individual work. They describe the ways in which effective support teaching can be hampered by poor organisation, hostile attitudes from some teachers and the sometimes low status of support teachers. Almost all the arguments and issues ...

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