“The number of pupils with English as a second language makes life difficult for teachers, parents and pupils. Whether or not they can speak English, everyone suffers when it's more difficult for teachers in the classroom. This is also a huge pressure on local authorities trying to cope with uncontrolled immigration”
Take Inner London for example. As noted above, more than half of primary school pupils are EAL. Does this, as Damien Green argues, make "life difficult for teachers, parents and pupils..whether or not they can speak English?". Maybe. But what's certainly not apparent is that "everyone suffers". Children whose first language is English are significantly more likely to achieve at the expected level than the national average; so are white children. Given Inner London's high levels of deprivation, this is astonishing. And for pupils on free school meals (of any ethnicity) the outperformance is even higher: 69% achieve the expected level (Level 4 and above in English and maths), more than 10 percentage points higher than the national average.