English a Second Language to 1m Pupils
Byline: Laura Clark Education Correspondent
MORE than one million children speak English as a second language, official figures reveal.
A record one in six pupils at primary schools and one in eight at secondary don't speak English at home.
The number of non-native speakers topped one million for the first time, rising from 957,490 last year.
The figures were released as part of an official census of schools taken in January. At some schools, dozens of different languages are spoken.
A separate analysis released earlier this year showed how children who speak English as their first language are now a minority in more than 1,600 English schools.
The number of schools where fewer than half of children are native speakers has virtually doubled in 15 years. Pupils with English as their main language now form a minority in one in 13 schools - up from one in 25 in 1997.
The cost of educating a child with English as an additional language has been estimated at up to [pounds sterling]30,000-a-year, against around [pounds sterling]5,000-a-year for other pupils. …