Five questions for schools before your school census 2017 submission

Schools may be at risk of legal challenge after the national school census 2016-17 collection of nationality data. To check if yours could be, start by asking the following questions. Has your school collected children’s country of birth, nationality, or first language data and not given parents, guardians and pupils an informed right to refuse? Did your school collect children’s country of birth or nationality data and say it was…

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Lords strongly critical of school census expansion in Motion of Regret

“Parents are upset, not just about how this information might be used but because these questions are asked at all. They are fundamentally intrusive…” Last night the House of Lords agreed [1] after debate, with the regret motion[2] on the expansion of the collection of pupil data: “That this House regrets that information about pupils’ nationality and country of birth collected under the Education (Pupil Information) (England) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations…

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Pupil data used in secret breaches public trust: Home Office purposes confirmed

The Home Office and police has had, until through our Freedom-of-Information requests, publicly undocumented access to national school census data through the Department for Education National Pupil Database. [update: 29 October we now know from the Parliamentary question that for the purposes of immigration control between July 2015 and September 2016, the Home Office has made requests of DfE data on 25 occasions, relating to a total of 2,462 individuals.]…

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New releases of school census data from the National Pupil Database

In response to yesterday’s article in the Guardian #BoycottSchoolCensus: why parents are refusing to reveal their child’s nationality we feel it important that the latest numbers and types of data disclosed from the National Pupil Database (NPD) are made clear. Most releases are of sensitive and identifying data, and pupil-level. The aggregated data are least requested. Tier 1 are the most identifying and highly sensitive and individual level. Tier 4…

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Government Internal Audit Agency found improvement needed on National Pupil Database

Improvements should be made over vetting and validation of applications to access the National Pupil Database, information retention procedures, and data handling guidance, according to The DfE Consolidated Annual Report and Accounts 2014-15 published on April 20, 2016. The Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) rated assurance as ‘Limited’. [p40] The internal audit findings confirm our concerns that the access process for the National Pupil Database needs urgent attention. The Department gives…

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