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