Rise in number of children who need help with English

The Bolton News: Rise in number of children who need help with English Rise in number of children who need help with English

CHILDREN speaking their mother tongue at home has led to a rise in the number of primary school children who need help speaking English, it has been claimed.

Bolton Council figures show the number of children who started primary school in September 2013 in Bolton was 3,900 of which 981 — about a quarter — did not speak English as their first language.

Each of those children receive an additional £250 to help them develop their language.

The council classifies children who do not speak English as their first language as EAL, or "English as an additional language", and offers them support.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “The growing numbers of children with English as an additional language is largely due to natural population growth within established Asian, Indian and Pakistani communities who often use their indigenous language within their home.

"To a much lesser extent, immigration from abroad has also added to these numbers.

“Large towns and cities tend to have higher numbers of children with English as an additional language and Bolton is fairly typical of other local authorities across the country, although it has substantially lower numbers than those seen in Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham, Rochdale and Manchester.

“Bolton schools and Bolton Council work hard to ensure that these children with English as an additional language are fully supported and integrated into mainstream education.”

A breakdown of the figures shows that the number of children whose first language is not English rose by more than 10 per cent in 12 months.

The figure increased by 387 pupils from 3,454 in October 2012 to 3,841 in October 2013 — an 11.2 per cent rise.

The rise in secondary schools was nearly 18 per cent — with the number increasing by from 414 to 488.

This was despite a slight drop in Bolton's secondary school population, from 16,683 to 16,413.

The spokesman added: “All Bolton schools receive an allocation of funding based on the percentage of their pupils that have English as an additional language.

“This helps schools to provide the extra support that is required.”

According to the last census the most common non-English languages in Bolton are Gujarati, Urdu, Punjabi and Polish.

It also showed there were small but significant numbers of Kurdish, Persian/Farsi, Arabic, Somali and Chinese language speakers.

Bolton Council has a Achievement Cohesion and Integration Service (ACIS), which supports families who are new to the country.

Families can attend the Starting Point International Family Centre until a school place is available and the service helps pupils develop their English language and literacy skills.

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12:13pm Mon 28 Apr 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

What.........A......
......Shock!
What.........A...... ......Shock! FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 9

12:15pm Mon 28 Apr 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

It's also funny that the picture clearly does not represent the article!!!!! Come on Bolton News.
It's also funny that the picture clearly does not represent the article!!!!! Come on Bolton News. FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 15

12:15pm Mon 28 Apr 14

oftbewildered2 says...

even some indigenous children cannot speak proper English - it is a whole new ballgame out there now. Less reading means less exposure to the written word, computer games and American TV programmes with incorrect 'English English' as opposed to 'American English', kids whose parents themselves use incorrect English. Language is continuously changing - even now the TV ads talk of 'two times more' rather than 'twice as many' or 'twice as much'. It must be so difficult to be a teacher. People who live and work abroad must surely use English at home, even if their children are learning the local language at school.
even some indigenous children cannot speak proper English - it is a whole new ballgame out there now. Less reading means less exposure to the written word, computer games and American TV programmes with incorrect 'English English' as opposed to 'American English', kids whose parents themselves use incorrect English. Language is continuously changing - even now the TV ads talk of 'two times more' rather than 'twice as many' or 'twice as much'. It must be so difficult to be a teacher. People who live and work abroad must surely use English at home, even if their children are learning the local language at school. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 11

1:02pm Mon 28 Apr 14

cliff4treasurer says...

"It's also funny that the picture clearly does not represent the article!!!!! Come on Bolton News"

How true, but seriously, would you ever expect it too?
By not showing a picture that represents the article all it does is enable these types of comments. The Bolton news staff seem incapable of realising this in there rush to be seen as impartial.
Roll on voting day.
"It's also funny that the picture clearly does not represent the article!!!!! Come on Bolton News" How true, but seriously, would you ever expect it too? By not showing a picture that represents the article all it does is enable these types of comments. The Bolton news staff seem incapable of realising this in there rush to be seen as impartial. Roll on voting day. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 19

1:44pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Wolfie190 says...

That picture is ridiculous any other picture of kids would be mostly foreign kids and that is why many of them cant speak bloody English.
That picture is ridiculous any other picture of kids would be mostly foreign kids and that is why many of them cant speak bloody English. Wolfie190
  • Score: 18

7:43pm Mon 28 Apr 14

bwfc58 says...

All I can say is roll on UKIP now that is the party that is growing very very fast were the other so called 3 main parties are getting smaller and smaller FACT and yes that picture made me laugh so much and that is why I will be voting for UKIP from now on now some of you will not agree with me and a lot of you will but them that do not I could not care less about you but the ones that do I do care about you and this once great country very very much .
All I can say is roll on UKIP now that is the party that is growing very very fast were the other so called 3 main parties are getting smaller and smaller FACT and yes that picture made me laugh so much and that is why I will be voting for UKIP from now on now some of you will not agree with me and a lot of you will but them that do not I could not care less about you but the ones that do I do care about you and this once great country very very much . bwfc58
  • Score: 4

9:43pm Mon 28 Apr 14

longballs r us says...

bwfc58 wrote:
All I can say is roll on UKIP now that is the party that is growing very very fast were the other so called 3 main parties are getting smaller and smaller FACT and yes that picture made me laugh so much and that is why I will be voting for UKIP from now on now some of you will not agree with me and a lot of you will but them that do not I could not care less about you but the ones that do I do care about you and this once great country very very much .
BWFC58 needs extra lessons in English. Can you first get your own house in order before criticising others. Go and learn how to construct a sentence in a clear and precise manner.
[quote][p][bold]bwfc58[/bold] wrote: All I can say is roll on UKIP now that is the party that is growing very very fast were the other so called 3 main parties are getting smaller and smaller FACT and yes that picture made me laugh so much and that is why I will be voting for UKIP from now on now some of you will not agree with me and a lot of you will but them that do not I could not care less about you but the ones that do I do care about you and this once great country very very much .[/p][/quote]BWFC58 needs extra lessons in English. Can you first get your own house in order before criticising others. Go and learn how to construct a sentence in a clear and precise manner. longballs r us
  • Score: -7

10:44pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Blackrod says...

Why are they accepted at the schools then? Minimum entry standard should be set so other children are not disadvantaged. Same goes for not being in nappies, able to use a toilet and hold a knife and fork.
Why are they accepted at the schools then? Minimum entry standard should be set so other children are not disadvantaged. Same goes for not being in nappies, able to use a toilet and hold a knife and fork. Blackrod
  • Score: 7

11:07pm Mon 28 Apr 14

bwfc58 says...

longballs r us should it not be littleballs r u and all I can say to you is ( UKIP )
longballs r us should it not be littleballs r u and all I can say to you is ( UKIP ) bwfc58
  • Score: 2

10:39am Tue 29 Apr 14

Dr Doo Little says...

bwfc58 wrote:
All I can say is roll on UKIP now that is the party that is growing very very fast were the other so called 3 main parties are getting smaller and smaller FACT and yes that picture made me laugh so much and that is why I will be voting for UKIP from now on now some of you will not agree with me and a lot of you will but them that do not I could not care less about you but the ones that do I do care about you and this once great country very very much .
Ha!ha!ha! Get over it...
Clearly shows how narrow minded these BIGGOTS/ TROLLS are...
This wee lass could well be an Eastern Europe who is learning English.
Maybe blonde hair Blue eyes is a giveaway, return of the Germans...
This child will learn achieve qualify gain her degree in the U.K mould to an engineer and it will be recognised as (British engineering. )
The Ethnic Minorities are the Majority success in Today's Britain.
[quote][p][bold]bwfc58[/bold] wrote: All I can say is roll on UKIP now that is the party that is growing very very fast were the other so called 3 main parties are getting smaller and smaller FACT and yes that picture made me laugh so much and that is why I will be voting for UKIP from now on now some of you will not agree with me and a lot of you will but them that do not I could not care less about you but the ones that do I do care about you and this once great country very very much .[/p][/quote]Ha!ha!ha! Get over it... Clearly shows how narrow minded these BIGGOTS/ TROLLS are... This wee lass could well be an Eastern Europe who is learning English. Maybe blonde hair Blue eyes is a giveaway, return of the Germans... This child will learn achieve qualify gain her degree in the U.K mould to an engineer and it will be recognised as (British engineering. ) The Ethnic Minorities are the Majority success in Today's Britain. Dr Doo Little
  • Score: -2

10:54am Tue 29 Apr 14

Dr Doo Little says...

Is there wen I willy shal mis da muments once in a pan tyime )
Is there wen I willy shal mis da muments once in a pan tyime ) Dr Doo Little
  • Score: 2

1:02pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

Oh yes Immigration really does benefit us all doesn't it.

it does if your an employer, cheaper workers, cheaper nannies, cheaper gardeners.

Its the price we pay for being in the pointless system called the EU.

Vote UKIP and show the Main three that your not happy with how they are treating YOU!!!!!
Oh yes Immigration really does benefit us all doesn't it. it does if your an employer, cheaper workers, cheaper nannies, cheaper gardeners. Its the price we pay for being in the pointless system called the EU. Vote UKIP and show the Main three that your not happy with how they are treating YOU!!!!! Jim271
  • Score: 4

2:00pm Tue 29 Apr 14

holloway_david says...

longballs r us wrote:
bwfc58 wrote:
All I can say is roll on UKIP now that is the party that is growing very very fast were the other so called 3 main parties are getting smaller and smaller FACT and yes that picture made me laugh so much and that is why I will be voting for UKIP from now on now some of you will not agree with me and a lot of you will but them that do not I could not care less about you but the ones that do I do care about you and this once great country very very much .
BWFC58 needs extra lessons in English. Can you first get your own house in order before criticising others. Go and learn how to construct a sentence in a clear and precise manner.
Concise enough to understand and at least English words.
[quote][p][bold]longballs r us[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bwfc58[/bold] wrote: All I can say is roll on UKIP now that is the party that is growing very very fast were the other so called 3 main parties are getting smaller and smaller FACT and yes that picture made me laugh so much and that is why I will be voting for UKIP from now on now some of you will not agree with me and a lot of you will but them that do not I could not care less about you but the ones that do I do care about you and this once great country very very much .[/p][/quote]BWFC58 needs extra lessons in English. Can you first get your own house in order before criticising others. Go and learn how to construct a sentence in a clear and precise manner.[/p][/quote]Concise enough to understand and at least English words. holloway_david
  • Score: 1

3:26pm Tue 29 Apr 14

cosmicma says...

Blackrod wrote:
Why are they accepted at the schools then? Minimum entry standard should be set so other children are not disadvantaged. Same goes for not being in nappies, able to use a toilet and hold a knife and fork.
in your world a disabled child should not be educated in mainstream school because they cannot hold a knife and fork ???

should we kill them at birth ?? lets face it in your world they are no good to anybody

something wrong with you buddy you should get out more
[quote][p][bold]Blackrod[/bold] wrote: Why are they accepted at the schools then? Minimum entry standard should be set so other children are not disadvantaged. Same goes for not being in nappies, able to use a toilet and hold a knife and fork.[/p][/quote]in your world a disabled child should not be educated in mainstream school because they cannot hold a knife and fork ??? should we kill them at birth ?? lets face it in your world they are no good to anybody something wrong with you buddy you should get out more cosmicma
  • Score: 1

2:13am Wed 30 Apr 14

BoltonLancs says...

Ohhh Bolton News; in generations to come, your silly political correctness will be ridiculed the world over as being weak journalism, scared to be honest, non-representative of the town you print for. Why not an Asian child as the heading picture? The stats you print say an Asian child will be the most likely non-speaking new starter. So why not an Asian child? Could it be a case of Islamophobia-phobia?
??..................
..................Th
is multicultural experiment that has been embraced wholeheartedly with immense gusto by the UK Government and specific Councils such as Bolton's,,,WHY??? : Why have the people, who have financed the mass immigration over the past 10-15 years; THE WORKING CLASS; not been consulted? Why aren't Council Tax payers who finance all the Cohesion Grants, Achievement and Integration funding, £250 Non-English-speaking REWARDS (which alone equates to almost £2.5million AND RISING) not asked or even informed??? And there's he Housing Department and DSS provisions for new arrivals in the form of money, housing, mod-cons etc. (Bolton News, I know Estate Agents who deal with the DSS and Housing Depts, I'll give examples in another post if you wish)......... No doubt dozens more benefits, allowances and grants and are hidden under the radar to evade the indigenous population...just a minute, if that's the case ... isn't all this preferential treatment of non-British people banded around as racial discrimination?????
Ohhh Bolton News; in generations to come, your silly political correctness will be ridiculed the world over as being weak journalism, scared to be honest, non-representative of the town you print for. Why not an Asian child as the heading picture? The stats you print say an Asian child will be the most likely non-speaking new starter. So why not an Asian child? Could it be a case of Islamophobia-phobia? ??.................. ..................Th is multicultural experiment that has been embraced wholeheartedly with immense gusto by the UK Government and specific Councils such as Bolton's,,,WHY??? : Why have the people, who have financed the mass immigration over the past 10-15 years; THE WORKING CLASS; not been consulted? Why aren't Council Tax payers who finance all the Cohesion Grants, Achievement and Integration funding, £250 Non-English-speaking REWARDS (which alone equates to almost £2.5million AND RISING) not asked or even informed??? And there's he Housing Department and DSS provisions for new arrivals in the form of money, housing, mod-cons etc. (Bolton News, I know Estate Agents who deal with the DSS and Housing Depts, I'll give examples in another post if you wish)......... No doubt dozens more benefits, allowances and grants and are hidden under the radar to evade the indigenous population...just a minute, if that's the case ... isn't all this preferential treatment of non-British people banded around as racial discrimination????? BoltonLancs
  • Score: 2

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