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The danger of getting rid of EAL data.

The danger of getting rid of EAL data.

Ministers are under pressure to reinstate a shortlived rule that forced schools to collect data on the language proficiency of pupils whose first language is not English.

EAL professionals say the collection, which required schools to rate pupils’ proficiency in English from “new to English” to “fluent” using alphabetical codes, gave schools an incentive to hold important data about their own pupils’ development.

The collection was unceremoniously shelved last week along with far more controversial requirements to collect data on pupils’ nationality and country of birth. It means schools no longer have to send language proficiency data to the DfE three times a year, although this does not stop them keeping their own records.

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