POLISH CHILDREN IN ENGLISH SCHOOLS. INSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS
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The paper discusses the current situation of Polish children in English schools, with the presentation of data available nationally as well as the results of a chosen local research project carried in London schools. The basic information on recent Polish migration is given, along with the description of the main tenets of the English education system. The factors which impact the educational well-being of Polish pupils are analysed, with the special emphasis put on the EAL management strategies and solutions. As there is no national data on educational achievements of Polish children, the results of EAL children as well as pupils from the Other White category are briefly presented and compared to the results of the White British and native English speakers’ groups. Finally, the role and the expectations of Polish parents are discussed.
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