Letter to schools: Take action today on School Census nationality data

Dear Head, Dear School Census Administrator, May 18th, is the summer school census on-roll day. We hope that you will take action to safeguard your children from the unknown uses of the new data collected this year 2016/17: nationality country of birth These data are optional and are NOT used for funding. You have a legal duty to inform parents and pupils what their personal data may be used for,…

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Ten steps for parents and schools: how and why to retract nationality data

There is less than one month left for parents and schools to retract pupils’ nationality and country of birth data before the national summer school census on May 18, as offered in the latest Department for Education census guidance. Act now. For background detail follow the links in red. Schools are legally responsible for fair processing – telling pupils, parents, staff and school governors what is done with any personal…

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Children’s nationality data from new school census was planned for the Home Office

On the day of the autumn school census collection, October 6th 2016, children’s newly collected nationality data had been intended for giving to the Home Office, a Schools Week FOI and the MOU reveal, contrary to what has been said, before being changed on the 7th. The question remains open: Is the new census data, including nationality, used within the DfE to deliver the named details to the HO with…

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Timeline: the school census national pupil data expansion 2016-17

2015 August 2015: Nicky Morgan announces a review of the impact of immigration on education or ‘education tourism’. Concerns in some quarters that this is a reworking of 2013 plans to ‘crackdown’ on migrant families. Nov-December 2015: The Star Chamber Scrutiny Board signs off the change for country-of-birth and nationality. The purpose and reason given is: “Whilst the department collects limited information on children who have moved into the English…

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Responses to controversial new law: changes to the school censuses 2016-17

The law to expand the school census and early years census, collecting more data on 8+ million children every year in England, snuck through in the six week parliamentary summer holiday without scrutiny before it came into effect on September 1st, for unclear purposes, without enforceable limitations of users different from what is done already, and lack of transparent accountability for its decision-making, cost, benefit, or impact. Further questions and…

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Home Office and Police have accessed data from the National Pupil Database

Schools Minister Nick Gibb wrote in late July in response to a Parliamentary question (42842), the school census expansion purposes are for the Department’s internal use for analytical, statistical and research purposes and to improve the “understanding of the scale and impact of pupil migration on the education sector” and said that there are “currently no plans to share the data with other government departments unless we are legally required to…

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Pupil data collection turns Kafkaesque in 2016-17 school and early years census

Changes that come into effect in the 2016-17 school census and early years census demand more personal data, including country of birth, nationality and ethnicity, from every schoolchild age 2-19 be extracted to the National Pupil Database. [Read and download our summary.] In response we were told by teaching staff of their additional concerns that the collection would raise, about how to meet their duties under Section 149 of the…

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