The time is ripe for this book. Over recent years there has been a vast increase in the number of people who support children's learning in classrooms and other educational settings, both as employees and as volunteers. Using stories of successful practice and ideas for improving collaborative work, Working with Support in the Classroom explores and maps the development of the roles in relation to children's learning that can be played by people other than qualified teachers. The work of teaching assistants, learning mentors, classroom assistants for children with special educational needs, student teachers, nursery nurses and parent and community helpers are all illustrated in the chapters of the book, which focuses on the whole range of educational settings from the early years through primary to secondary classrooms. Between them the editors and contributing authors have a wide range of experience of working in schools and early years settings with teachers and support workers, including experience in special educational needs and in work with multilingual children for whom English is a second language.