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Pupils: English Language

Education written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Conservative, Kingswood

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils there were where English was an additional language in the last 12 months.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

In January 2010 the number of pupils of compulsory school age and above (age as at 31 August) whose first language was known or believed to be other than English was 518,020 in local authority maintained primary schools and 378,220 in state-funded secondary schools.

This information can be found in table 5 in the Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics: January 2010 Statistical First Release at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000925/index.shtml

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