British children 'neglected' as migrant pupil numbers soar with 1.2 million children in school whose first language is not English
Pupils born in Britain are being held back by a huge rise in others whose first language is from Eastern Europe, say experts.
Children with Romanian as their mother tongue increased more than ten-fold while the total of non-native speakers soared by nearly 400 per cent from 51,955 to 190,506 in seven years, stretching teachers' time.
Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education pressure group, said: 'Most immigrant children are highly motivated and end up ahead of the British working class. This is the group that is being increasingly neglected.'
There are 1.19million schoolchildren in England without English as their main language.
Pupils whose first language is Polish more than trebled from 26,932 to 90,505 between 2008 and 2015, while those speaking Romanian soared from 1,387 to 16,616.
Some of the biggest jumps were in Lincolnshire, Kent, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Hertfordshire and Bradford, according to the Department for Education.
London's highest rises were in Newham, Waltham Forest, Barnet and Ealing.
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers heard earlier this year that pupils with English as their main language were not getting a 'fair share' of staff time because of the extra needs of classmates from abroad.
Oxfordshire teacher Joy Wilson told union delegates that many staff had little or no specialist training.
Secondary schools must take in 300,000 more pupils, an extra 91 each, in the next five years as a baby boom fuelled by high migration feeds through from juniors, but one in six is already at or over capacity, according to DfE data released by Labour.