Pupils who begin school in Reception with a first language other than English, do better by the end of primary school, than native English speakers. Tes reports.
But those EAL speakers who arrive later than Reception do worse on average in the Year 6 Sats.
The statistics published by the Department for Education today also show that at GCSE pupils with English as an additional language (EAL) who started school in England during reception, Year 1 or Year 2, have higher attainment 8 scores on average than pupils whose first language is English.
In 2018, 68 per cent of EAL pupils who began school in England in Reception reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths at the end of key stage 2, compared to 65 per cent of all pupils with English as their first language.
But the pass rate for those pupils who began school in Year 1 was just 56 per cent and falls to 18 per cent for those beginning at a state-funded school in Year 6.
At secondary school, there is a similar pattern, with EAL pupils who joined an English school in Reception getting an Attainment 8 score of 49.8 at the end of key stage 4, compared to 46.5 for those who have English as their first language.
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