England: EAL pupils at primary school in 2016 by region

This statistic shows the percentage of pupils that speak English as an Additional Language (EAL) at primary school in England as of January 2016, by region. With over half of its pupils as non-native speakers of English, Inner London had the highest percentage of pupils with EAL, at the other end of the spectrum, the North East and the South West remained regions with the highest percentages of native English speaking pupils. This also reflects the National Census data for languages. Similar information regarding Wales,Northern Ireland and Scotland are also available.

Share of primary pupils with English as an additional languages in England in January 2016, by region*

Share of primary pupils per region
Inner London55.5%
Outer London45.7%
West Midlands21.6%
Yorkshire and the Humber17.4%
North West15.1%
East of England14.9%
East Midlands14.5%
South East13.8%
South West7.8%
North East7.1%
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Release date

June 2016


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

January 2016

Age group

4-11 years

Supplementary notes

* Percentage of pupils whose first language is known or believed to be other than English

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