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London's pupil demography

Key points

  • London has a larger proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals than the rest of England, but particularly Inner London
  • The proportion of pupils in Inner London whose first language is not English is over five times larger than that of the rest of England
  • Outer London also has a substantially larger proportion of pupils whose first language is English than the rest of England

Pupils entitled to FSM who's second language is English

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What does this graph show?

The graph shows the proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals and who speak English as a second language. There are very large gaps between London, particularly Inner London, in the proportion of pupils who do not speak English as a first language. Slightly over half of pupils (52%) in Inner London did not speak English as a first language, compared to around 32% in Outer London and fewer than 8% in England as a whole.

The graph also shows that London has a higher proportion of pupils on free school meals. 35% of pupils in Inner London and 17% of pupils in Outer London were eligible for free school meals, compared to 13% in the rest of England.

Data used

Department for Education, 2011/12

NOTE: The data on this page may not be the most recent available because this indicator was not updated in our most recent report, published in October 2015. Nevertheless, we have chosen to keep the page live because it tells an important story about poverty in London, and the general pattern described here is unlikely to have changed significantly.

Indicator last updated: 2 December 2015