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I 1.300 grunnskoler i Storbritannia har et mindretall av elevene engelsk som førstespråk. Lærerorganisasjonene advarer mot at situasjonen er ute av kontroll.

Det ropes på mer ressurser, men det sies samtidig at for å gi fullgod utdanning til fremmedspråklige kan komme på over 300.000 kroner i året per elev. Det vil sprenge alle rammer og senke det faglige gjennomsnittsnivået, sies det.

The figures show that in a total of 1,338 primary and secondary schools – more than one in 20 of all schools in England – children with English as their first language are in the minority.

In 600 of these schools, fewer than a third of pupils speak English as their first language.

The disclosure led to warnings that the rising number of foreign pupils without a decent grasp of English was putting intense pressure on teachers and undermining education standards.

The figures have fuelled demands from teachers’ leaders for more money to help meet the costs of teaching foreign-born children.

Teachers’ unions said educating a single non-English-speaking pupil could cost as much as £30,000 a year.

Coping with large numbers of foreign children risked undermining the quality of teaching given to all pupils, they said.

Philip Parkin, the general secretary of the Professional Association of Teachers, said rising levels of immigration and a lack of multi-lingual teaching staff were «providing serious challenges» for schools trying to maintain standards.

Dealing with non-English- speaking children «makes it much harder to deliver the curriculum», Mr Parkin said.

«Schools that are in that position need considerable support in order to give those children help with English and help with our curriculum.

«The Government needs to be looking at funding the employment of teachers or teaching assistants, in addition to the staff they have, who are bilingual or multilingual.»

Last month, the National Association of Head Teachers said some schools were struggling to cope with the influx of foreign pupils.

Mick Brookes, the union’s general secretary, told a Lords committee that the situation was «out of control».

A rush of migrants into an area can «strain or even break the resources of the school», he said.

Den høyeste konsentrasjonen av fremmedspråklige finnes i London, Blackburn og Birmingham. Spørsmålet er om disse stedene vil utvikle parallellsamfunn innen det britiske.

The 20 councils with the highest concentration of non-English speaking children are in London.

In the borough of Newham, nine out of 10 schools have a non-English first language majority. The same is true of a third of schools in Leicester and in Blackburn, and a quarter of schools in Birmingham.

English a minority language in 1,300 schools