Brit schools struggling with migrant kids influx

November 26th, 2007 - 2:05 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov.26 (ANI): The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has warned that schools in the United Kingdom are struggling with the influx of migrant children, which they is changing the culture of schools.

Warning that some schools were at ‘breaking point’, the NAHT will claim in a report this week that some schools dont have the resources to cope with children arriving in the UK from eastern Europe with a poor grasp of the English language and customs.

The warning follows the publication of figures from the Government Actuary’s Department that suggest that increased levels of immigration and an increasing birth rate could result in the population of the UK rising to about 90 million by the middle of the century.

While head teachers emphasised that immigrant children should be welcomed into schools, the NAHT claims many head teachers are concerned they do not have the money to cope with such large numbers.
Mick Brookes, the general secretary of the NAHT, will this week present evidence to a Parliamentary inquiry on the subject.

The Telegraph quoted Brookes as saying that the problem is exacerbated in rural areas, where foreign workers are filling a void left in the agricultural industry.

He called for an emergency fund to be set up which schools can draw on when they receive foreign pupils.
Brookes also called for Criminal Records Bureau checks on support staff to be fast-tracked to enable assistants who speak minority languages to enter schools and support pupils for whom English is not their first language.

Figures compiled by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a think-tank, show that about 240,000 under-19s have moved to Britain from Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Slovakia in recent years.

A spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families said funding is allocated based on pupil numbers and that extra funding is made available for foreign pupils through special grants. (ANI)

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