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Pupils: Languages

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of children in (a) Somerset and (b) Taunton constituency have English as a second language; and what funding has been made available for individual schools in each area to support those children in each of the last five years. (141231)

The available information is given in the following table.

The revenue funding that local authorities allocate to their schools is a matter for local authorities to decide locally through their own local funding formulae (subject to satisfying the minimum funding guarantee for schools from 2004-05 onwards). According to their Section 52 Budget Statements, Somerset LA’s local funding formula does not allocate any funding to schools via their individual school budget share specifically on the basis of having pupils for which English is a second language attending the school.

However, local authorities do receive additional funding from the Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant (EMAG). EMAG is intended to help local authorities narrow achievement gaps for those minority ethnic groups who are underachieving and to meet particular needs of pupils for whom English is an additional language. It is distributed to local authorities by formula which includes the number of EAL pupils in each LA. For this year, Somerset LA will receive an EMAG totalling £37,585, with locally determined formulae devolving at least 85 per cent. of this to schools. The grant is worth £179 million nationally in 2007-08.

Maintained primary and secondary schools1: number and percentage of pupils whose first language is known or believed to be other than English2, as at January each year 2003 to 2007(provisional)

Somerset local authority area

Taunton parliamentary constituency

England4

Number of pupils2

Number of pupils whose first language is known or believed to be other than English

Percentage of pupils whose first language is known or believed to be other than English3

Number of pupils2

Number of pupils whose first language is known or believed to be other than English

Percentage of pupils whose first language is known or believed to be other than English3

Number of pupils2

Number of pupils whose first language is known or believed to be other than English

Percentage of pupils whose first language is known or believed to be other than English3

2003

64,968

407

0.6

13,444

93

0.7

6,779,930

657,300

9.7

2004

65,416

473

0.7

13,493

110

0.8

6,752,670

669,480

9.9

2005

65,103

600

0.9

13,468

136

1.0

6,711,420

694,470

10.3

2006

64,366

830

1.3

13,265

197

1.5

6,655,620

734,550

11.0

20075

63,158

1,093

1.7

13,034

240

1.8

6,574,560

789,790

12.0

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Excludes dually registered pupils.

3 The number of pupils whose first language is known or believed to be other than English expressed as a percentage of the total number of pupils of compulsory school age and above.

4 Figures for England have been rounded to the nearest 10.

5 Provisional figures.

Source:

School Census