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

There is one month left for parents and schools to retract pupils’ nationality and country of birth data before the national summer school census. 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 data that the school collects, retains, or passes on to third parties. In secret, every…

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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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A foreign office apology, Home Office secret use, forced ethnic labels: The school census 2016

The purpose behind collecting country-of-birth and nationality data in the school census has been blown out of the water. The ethnicity data collection has caused discrimination and flawed ascription. The language codes have been the subject of a Foreign Office apology and reported offer to delete data already assigned. How long can the school census expansion retain any integrity? Country-of-birth and Nationality Letters leaked to the BBC last week, revealed…

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Why shouldn’t we collect every child’s country of birth and nationality?

This is no time to be mincing our words in the currently hostile environment which is encroaching into our classrooms. The guidance on collecting nationality and country-of-birth data and its implementation have resulted in confusion in schools and upset parents and children. It harms trust in data collection and use. This is a toxic policy and needs scrapped. As the Against Borders for Children co-founder said here, “If you’re already…

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