The number of schoolchildren who do not speak English as their first language is increasing each year. The DfE schools census in 2011 estimated that 957,490 pupils were in this situation, up from 905,610 in 2010. 16.8 per cent of primary schoolchildren speak other languages at home (547,030), up from 16 per cent in 2010. The proportion has doubled in the past decade.
Cambridge Assessment, OCR's parent body, is hosting an event in May to debate the impact of pupils with EAL (English as an additional language) in the classroom.
It is hard to spot a 'gifted and talented' pupil if they are held back by language challenges. It is also hard to spot those with genuine educational needs. What impact does this have on teachers and the education of mainstream students? How can we ensure every child can access the whole curriculum? The event on 22 May 2012 in London will provide participants with an opportunity to debate the key issues.
To find out more visit the Cambridge Assessment website or register to attend the event.