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English Language: Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL11755, tabled on 23 November 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what data they monitor and assess on students studying English as an additional language.

Answered on

7 December 2018

The department monitors and publishes various sets of data relating to pupils in state-funded primary and secondary schools in England who are classed as having English as an additional language (EAL). The most recent statistics on the number of EAL pupils, as identified through the January 2018 school census, are included in the “Schools, pupils and their characteristics” statistical publication, available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2018.

Published statistics also show the academic performance of pupils whose first language is other than English in national assessments during year 1 and at the end of key stage 1, which are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/phonics-screening-check-and-key-stage-1-assessments-england-2018.

Published statistics collected at the end of key stage 2 are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-curriculum-assessments-key-stage-2-2017-revised.

Published statistics collected at the end of key stage 4 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/revised-gcse-and-equivalent-results-in-england-2016-to-2017.

In addition, data on pupil entries to qualifications in English for speakers of other languages are included in the key stage 4 qualification data that can be downloaded from the school performance tables webpages here: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/download-data.

The department also publishes data on the number of adults who are accessing English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses, based on Individualised Learner Record data supplied by further education providers and can be found in table 6 here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/further-education-and-skills-november-2017.

The data sets and analysis found at the above links contain many tables and documents that we are, therefore, unable to attach.