Monday 29 February 2016

Immigration causing major shortage of school places

Mass immigration is causing a shortage of school places and poor attainment amongst English-speaking pupils according to the Campaign for Real Education.

According to figures released by the Department for Education, 1.19m pupils in England speak English as a second language and the CfRE says that so much teaching time is taken up helping pupils that don't speak English as a first language that those who do are being held back and neglected. A teacher from Oxford has told the Association of Teachers and Lecturers that staff aren't trained to teach children who don't speak English as a first language.

One in six English secondary schools are over-subscribed but rising immigration means 300,000 extra children will need to be found a school place over the next 5 years.