Stories + Views
Local schools, global vision
I’m a lecturer in education and particularly interested in children learning English as an additional language and the teachers who work with them. Queens Park Community School is my local school and I have been fortunate enough to be welcomed there both as a researcher and a volunteer in their excellent mathematics department. As a researcher I have been deeply impressed by the commitment of the teachers and the inclusiveness of the classrooms. We often hear negative stories in the media about how difficult it is for schools to cope with newly arrived students who speak another language. What is rarely focused on is the fact that the way the best teachers teach has been enriched by extending their repertoires in order to include these new arrivals, and that is a benefit to all learners in the class. Language is at the heart of education and in my experience the diversity of comprehensive schools provides rich opportunities for all our teachers and students that simply cannot be found in selective settings.