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English Language

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by the Department for Education on the teaching of English as an additional language in each of the last five years. (127189)

The Department of Education has provided earmarked funding for the provision of teaching and teaching support for English as an additional language (EAL), through the Education and Library Boards in each financial year as follows:

£

2002-03

200,000

2003-04

400,000

2004-05

410,000

2005-06

570,000

2006-07

834,000

Since 2005-06 funding, additional to that provided through the boards, has been given direct to schools through the common funding formula, for those schools that have identified EAL pupils who require extra support. Funding for the schools by financial year was:

£

2005-06

1,687,000

2006-07

2,537,000

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the Department for Education's most recent estimate is of the number of (a) primary and (b) post-primary pupils in schools in Northern Ireland who are learning English as an additional language. (127190)

In 2006-07 there are 2,425 children in primary schools (Year one-seven classes) and 1,148 children in post-primary schools who are recorded as having English as an additional language. The numbers refer to children who have significant difficulties with the English language and require additional support.