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English Language: Education

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children receive English as an additional language teaching; and what forecasts there are for the likely percentage in future years. (196262)

The percentage of pupils whose first language is other than English (EAL pupils) is published in table 6 of the Statistical First Release number 30/2007 titled Schools and Pupils in England, January 2007. The SFR can be accessed at:

A copy of this SFR is available in the House Libraries.

In January 2007, there were 13.5 per cent. of EAL pupils in maintained primary schools and 10.5 per cent. of EAL pupils in maintained secondary schools. Provisional figures based on the January 2008 School Census are expected to be published at the end of April 2008.

All EAL pupils receive classroom teaching appropriate to their status. Information on the percentage of EAL pupils receiving additional specialist language instruction is not collected centrally.

The Department has not made estimates for the percentage of EAL pupils in primary and secondary schools in forthcoming years.