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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Pupils in nursery, primary, middle and secondary schools acquiring English as an additional language by local authority and stage of development
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Click here to sortStage A - New to EnglishNew to English: Needs a considerable amount of EAL support.Click here to sortStage B - Early AcquisitionEarly Acquisition: Still needs a significant amount of EAL support to access the curriculum.Click here to sortStage C - Developing competenceDeveloping competence: Requires ongoing EAL support to access the curriculum fully.Click here to sortStage D - CompetentCompetent: Needs some/occasional EAL support to access complex curriculum material and tasks.Click here to sortStage E - FluentFluent: Can operate across the curriculum to a level of competence equivalent to that of a pupil who uses English as his/her first language. Operates without EAL supportClick here to sortNot applicableNot applicable
Isle of AngleseyNorth Wales10545403511038,220
GwyneddNorth Wales46527033535035565,465
ConwyNorth Wales56537575563534059,525
DenbighshireNorth Wales49541070562520059,890
FlintshireNorth Wales1,4251,3451,37581549587,090
WrexhamNorth Wales1,4151,6002,1651,79583568,800
PowysSouth West and Mid Wales39541561042551565,085
CeredigionSouth West and Mid Wales26522535533054036,735
PembrokeshireSouth West and Mid Wales24025545039014067,065
CarmarthenshireSouth West and Mid Wales8257659208001,195105,220
SwanseaSouth West and Mid Wales2,6303,1454,5153,7903,995124,810
Neath Port TalbotSouth West and Mid Wales3654205206201,26080,935
BridgendCentral South Wales44060079582079587,610
Vale of GlamorganCentral South Wales5307351,3801,26095586,285
Rhondda Cynon TafCentral South Wales6255756957851,480149,125
Merthyr TydfilCentral South Wales51050042548049533,205
CaerphillySouth East Wales500290380200320109,835
Blaenau GwentSouth East Wales26021021519520535,680
TorfaenSouth East Wales31523021517547056,510
MonmouthshireSouth East Wales22519022020540544,805
NewportSouth East Wales8,0054,1404,3651,56067087,685
CardiffCentral South Wales7,4759,67013,22514,2258,100169,460
WalesThere are four formal Education consortia in Wales covering: North Wales, South West and Mid Wales, Central South Wales, South East Wales.28,07526,42534,66530,52023,8801,719,035



Pupils in nursery, primary and secondary schools acquiring English as an additional language by local authority and stage of development

Last update

31/08/2022 31/08/2022

Next update

July 2023 (provisional)

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Pupil Level Annual School Census (PLASC), Welsh Government

Contact email


National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Local authorities

Geographical coverage


Languages covered

English and Welsh

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

General description

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Data collection and calculation

Schools’ data are derived from the Pupil Level Annual School Census (PLASC) returns and STATS 1 returns supplied by schools open on Census day in January each year. The returns are authorised by headteachers and validated by Local Authorities.

Frequency of publication


Data reference periods

From 2003/04 or more recently if the data item is not available for earlier years.

Rounding applied

* = Pupil numbers greater than zero but less than five. Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 5.

Statistical quality

School Census returns are authorised by headteachers and validated by Local Authorities.

Whilst most of the usual data validation processes on the 2020 school census data have taken place, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the data did not undergo the usual final validation process. As part of the Welsh Local Government Finance Settlement, the data is usually returned to local authorities for final validation. Typically, overall numbers of pupils and teachers will not change significantly during this period, with the most likely change being in the characteristics of the pupils themselves e.g. free school meal entitlement. Users should therefore be more cautious when comparing data on characteristics of pupils and staff over time, in particular where small cohorts are involved.