Stewart Jackson MP yesterday called upon the Department for Education to look at options to help local education authorities like Peterborough City Council to deal with the consequences of immigration and the churn of pupils. Mr Jackson had previously secured a debate on the issue of the pupil premium in 2011.
In Mr Jackson’s debate in Westminster Hall he asked the Government to address the impact of high numbers of pupils with English as an additional language (EAL).
The numbers of EAL pupils in England had risen by 21% since 2011 to 1.19 million, whereas in Peterborough it had risen by 46% from 7,100 to 10,395 with the highest increase among Lithuanian speakers with 410 extra pupils – a 63 per cent increase in three years.
Previously, Mr Jackson has raised concerns about the struggle to provide enough school places in the city – something which immigration has had a real effect on.
You can read Mr Jackson’s speech and the Minister’s response here