Over the past half century, millions of children have spent their Saturdays or Sundays in the schools set up by their communities. This book reveals the workings of complementary schools and their significance for black communities and for bilingual children. It explores the contribution of complementary schools to pupils' education and achievement in the mainstream. By critically evaluating existing practices, the authors identify the good practice in complementary schools. They indicate avenues for closer collaboration between these and mainstream schools.Readers of this comprehensive study of the complementary sector will find: an account of the historical and political background and the emergence of community generated schools; analysis of current provision in the context of local and national policies; examination of curriculum provision, teaching approaches and training needs, based on data analysis of ongoing practice; case studies illustrating the diversity of complementary school provision; discussion of the implications for complementary and mainstream teachers, managers, policy makers and initial teacher education institutions; and, recommendations for strengthening provision and fostering collaboration across all education provision. This illuminating book is for complementary school teachers, managers in complementary school teachers and managers, mainstream classroom teachers, initial teacher education providers and tutors, and community language tutors and student teachers.
CONTENTS: Introduction; Part 1: Complementary schools in Britain: 1. Setting the scene: The background to complementary schools in the UK; 2. Current provision; Part 2: The London Complementary Schools Project: 3. Research methodology and categorisation of schools; 4. The London language schools; 5. The African Caribbean and African schools; Part 3: The CILT Project: 6. The CILT schools and the research methodology; 7. The teachers in the CILT schools; 8. The qualifications and aspirations of the teachers in the CILT schools; Part 4: Findings: 9. Evaluation of the London Complementary Schools Project's findings; 10. Conclusions and recommendations; List of acronyms; Appendix 1; Appendix 2; References; Index.