23/06/2011 06:30 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

One Million School Pupils Do Not Speak English As Their First Language


Official figures from the Department of Education have revealed that almost one million school pupils do not speak English as their first language.

Schools were said to be under a 'huge strain' as one in six pupils in primary schools and one in eight in secondary education speaks another language at home - a massive increase in the past five years. The figures also revealed that one in four primary school pupils in Britain is from an ethnic minority.

The figures showed that around 150,000 more pupils do not use English as their mother tongue than in 2007, whilst overall, 957,490 pupils in primary, secondary and special schools, as well as pupil referral units, have a first language that is known or believed to be other than English.

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