First language facts

14th August 2009 at 01:00

New statistics show that more than 860,000 pupils in England have a first language other than English. In primary schools, 15.2 per cent of pupils are from homes where another language is spoken, up from 14.3 per cent last year, according to the Department for Children, Schools and Families. The figure is 11.1 per cent in secondary schools, an increase from 10.6 per cent in 2008. There are 14 local authorities where the majority of primary pupils have English as an additional language and five authorities where this is the case for secondary pupils.

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