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EAL Statistics

The latest EAL facts and figures

Many of the questions we are asked relate to numbers - how many EAL learners are there in primary or secondary schools, a local authority or nationally? How many EAL specialist teachers are there? How well do EAL learners do in standardised assessments compared to all students?

There are more than a million children between 5–16 years old in UK schools who speak in excess of 360 languages between them in addition to English. Currently there are a 1,061,010 bilingual 5-16 year olds in English schools, 29,532 in Scotland, 10,357 'newcomer' pupils in Northern Ireland and 31,132 EAL learners in Wales.

In this section you can find out more about these learners and their teachers by accessing the latest information on numbers, achievement and languages by using the links to the side.