Language Data is required on for all pupils. First language code is used for this.
“The school must not ascribe a specific language to the pupil. This information must come from the parent / guardian or pupil.
You should only use codes ENB (not known but believed to be English) and OTB (not known but believed to be other than English) where all the following conditions apply:
- pupil’s first language is not known with absolute certainty
- parents have not responded to enquiries
- school can judge with a high degree of confidence whether the pupil’s language is English or not.
Where a parent / guardian or pupil declines to provide a first language, you should record it as ‘REF’ (refused).”
Complete the school census, Department for Education Published: 30 July 2019 Updated: 26 November 2019.
Many schools miss out on EAL funding because bilingual parents declare English as their child’s first language instead of the language used at home. If this is the case the school should have a conversation with the parents, emphasising the benefits of being bilingual.
Accurate data collection during admission is essential to ensure schools:
- receive funding for all eligible EAL learners
- effectively monitor the outcomes of EAL learners and target support.