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YOUNG peo­ple with English as their sec­ond lan­guage are now do­ing bet­ter at GCSEs than na­tive speak­ers.

New data from the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion shows that those who grow up speak­ing an­other lan­guage are out­per­form­ing oth­ers for the first time.

Pupils who speak English as their sec­ond lan­guage are also mak­ing bet­ter progress in their classes over­all.

Pro­fes­sor Alan Smithers, di­rec­tor of the Cen­tre for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment Re­search at Buck­ing­ham Univer­sity, said that some of this is down to chil­dren re­ceiv­ing more en­cour­age­ment from their fam­i­lies with school work. It could also be be­cause peo­ple who have lived in the UK for longer take ed­u­ca­tion for granted.

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