School Census and country of origin

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2016
Reference: 
2016/4494
Question By: 
Siân Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Since September 2016, schools and colleges in England have been required by the Department for Education to ask parents if their children are foreign nationals and where they were born. This may result in this information being used for immigration enforcement purposes. Will you ask your Deputy Mayor with statutory duties for education and childcare to look into this new requirement and its implications on the school children who may be affected?

Answer

Answer for School Census and country of origin

Answer for School Census and country of origin

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The GLA has no statutory role in education. I am aware of the concerns about nationality and country of birth data being collected through the Early Years Census and School Census, and then included in the National Pupil Database. These include fears that it could be utilised in immigration enforcement to target families, and/or could deter vulnerable families from accessing essential services and exercising their rights. The Government maintains that the purpose is to help schools and the government better understand how English as additional language pupils are performing, and has offered assurances that the data will not be shared for immigration enforcement. I would be very concerned if any young people or families in London were adversely affected by this new request for data.