Immigrants shine

Pupils who speak English as a second language are significantly outperforming native English speakers at GCSE level across the UK.

A detailed breakdown of last summer’s exam results shows children who don’t have English as their mother tongue get, on average, roughly one and a half grades higher than those who do.

The national average point score for native English speakers was 46.3, while for those who spoke English as a second language it was 47.7.