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Pupils with English as an Additional Language do better.

Pupils with English as an Additional Language do better.

upils who speak English as a second language are now outperforming native speakers at GCSEs , official figures show.

Data released today by the Department for Education (DfE) shows that children who grow up speaking a language other than English now have a higher attainment score than their native-speaking peers by the time they are 16.

The figures also showed that rising numbers of secondary schools are considered under-performing, meaning they fall below the “floor standard”.

One in eight of England's mainstream secondaries - 365 in total - fell below the government's minimum standards in 2017.This is up from 282 schools, just under one in 10 - the year before.

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