Pedagogy for ethnic minority pupils with special educational needs in England: common yet different?

Andrea Geok Poh Tan, Jean Ware, Brahm Norwich

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The increasing ethnic diversity in the UK has highlighted the importance of supporting primary school pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL), some of whom also have special educational needs (SEN). However, there is relatively little research carried out in the UK on children with both EAL needs and SEN. This paper presents the results of a study which aimed to explore the strategies used to teach and support pupils with the dual needs in four schools in North-West England. It reports research carried out with eight EAL pupils with speech, language, and communication needs (SLCN) and four pupils with learning difficulties (LD), and explores the different strategies staff used to support these pupils. The results showed that the two groups varied in the extent to which staff differentiated pedagogical strategies. The paper concludes by pointing to the need for further training and greater collaboration between the fields of EAL and SEN in research and educational practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-461
Number of pages15
JournalOxford Review of Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 4 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • English as an Additional Language
  • Ethnic minority
  • learning difficulties
  • pedagogy
  • special educational needs
  • speech and language needs
  • teaching strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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