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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.

  • Number and percentage of pupils learning English as an additional language from 1997- 2013 (PLASC, DfE, 1997-2013)

    Number and percentage of pupils learning English as an additional language from 1997- 2013 (PLASC, DfE, 1997-2013)

  • The numbers and percentages of EAL and bilingual pupils for each school in England (DfE, 2012)

  • Attainment in Early Years Foundation Stage Profile teacher assessments by first language and local authority 2013

  • Achievement at level 4 or above in Key Stage 2 by first language and local authority in 2013 and 2012

  • Achievements at GCSE and equivalent for pupils at the end of KS4 by first language and local authority 2008 to 2013

  • The latest official statistical publications relating to pupils, schools, attainment and education from the DFE are now published on the gov.uk website. Statistical information published before May 2010 can be found on the National Archives of the Research and Statistics gateway. Alternatively the NALDIC website contains downloadable source documents relating to all aspects of EAL

    The latest official statistical publications relating to pupils, schools, attainment and education from the DFE are now published on the gov.uk website. Statistical information published before May 2010 can be found on the National Archives of the Research and Statistics gateway. Alternatively the NALDIC website contains downloadable source documents relating to all aspects of EAL