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Pupils: English Language

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what additional support is provided for schools with large numbers of children who have English as a second language; and if he will make a statement; (203496)

(2) what additional funding is made available to (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in respect of each pupil who has English as a second language; what the duration of the additional funding is; and if he will make a statement.

The Government provide funding for children including those with English as an additional language through the Dedicated Schools Grant. This grant is supplemented by substantial provision through the ring-fenced Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant (EMAG) distributed to local authorities. For 2008-09 EMAG is worth £187.6 million, rising to £206 million in 2011.

In addition, an Exceptional Circumstances Grant has been introduced to reflect changes in local authorities’ pupil numbers which occur after the three- year indicative allocations of the Dedicated Schools Grant have been announced. It has three elements, covering an increase of more than 2.5 per cent. in overall pupil numbers; an increase of more than 2.5 per cent. in the proportion of pupils with English as an additional language; and a one-off payment to authorities with proportions of pupils with English as an additional language below 10 per cent. which go up by more than 2.5 per cent.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department provides for (a) local authorities and (b) schools on the entering for key stage tests of pupils with English as a second language who arrive in England and are enrolled in school shortly before the test date; and if he will make a statement. (203497)

The Department’s advice is set out in: “New Arrivals Excellence Programme: Guidance” published in September 2007, of which a copy has been placed in the Library. It draws attention to the importance of initial assessment for new arrivals, and advises on appropriate methods. Guidance on entering children for key stage tests is provided by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority through its Assessment and Reporting Arrangements publications, which can be accessed from the website

www.qca.org.uk/eara

This guidance covers all children, whether or not they have recently arrived in the UK or have English as an additional language. In essence the advice is to enter children wherever they are working at the level of the tests. However, schools may apply for a recently arrived child’s results not to be recorded in published Attainment and Achievement Tables.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the proportion of pupils who spoke English as a second language in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) all schools in each local authority area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (203498)

The proportion of pupils whose first language was other than English for the years 1997 to 2008 (provisional) is as follows:

Percentage

Primary

Secondary

1997

7.8

7.3

1998

8.5

7.8

1999

8.4

7.8

2000

8.7

8.0

2001

9.3

8.0

2002

10.0

8.6

2003

10.5

8.8

2004

11.0

8.8

2005

11.6

9.0

2006

12.5

9.5

2007

13.5

10.5

2008

14.4

110.8

1 2008 figure includes pupils at city technology colleges and academies; figures for earlier years do not.

Analysis by local authority can be provided only at disproportionate cost.