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Number of EAL pupils increases by half a million in 15 years

Recent data by the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC) shows the numbers of pupils who have, or are learning, English as an Additional Language (EAL) has increased by half a million in the last 15 years.

Figure 1: Total number of pupils whose first language is other than English (1997-2013)

Source: NALDIC

Source: NALDIC

The chart shows an increase in the number of pupils whose first language is other than English, between the years of 1997 and 2013. The peak is shown to be in the year of 2013, after steadily increasing for 5 years.

Figure 2: Percentage of school population learning EAL (1997-2013)

Source: NALDIC

Source: NALDIC

Figure 2 shows that although the percentage of pupils learning EAL remains under 20%, there has been a clear increase from the years between 1997 and 2013.

The chart also shows that the percentage of primary school pupils learning EAL has been relatively higher than that of secondary school pupils.


DATA: Most migrants come to the UK to work or study

A 2012 International Passenger Survey (IPS) conducted by the Office of National Statistics found the given reasons to why people migrate to the UK.

Figure 1: 2012 inflow of those coming to the UK for a given purpose (EU nationals excluding British)

EU nationals purpose of migrating

Figure 2: 2012 inflow of those coming to the UK for a given purpose (Non-EU nationals)

Non-EU nationals purpose of migrating

The two charts show the inflow of those migrating to the UK in 2012, and their given purpose.

Figure 1 shows a greater emphasis of EU nationals (excluding British) arriving in the UK for work purposes, whilst figure 2 is heavier for Non-EU nationals migrating to study in the UK.

Figure 3: 2012 inflow of those coming to UK for a given purpose (all nationalities)

all nationals migrating to UK

Figure 3 shows the inflow of all nationalities coming to the UK for a given purpose. This shows that work and study are equally weighted reasons for people migrating to the UK.