We are asking for clarification on what is required, optional and its communication.
Schools must collect extra census data for children from autumn
National Pupil Database / June 26, 2016
Where was your child born? What nationality is your child? What language(s) do they speak?
These are not new questions that will be asked at border control from September, but what parents are being told to submit to schools in response to the Department for Education demand for three NEW additional pieces of personal data from the autumn 2016 school census. These data will then be extracted into the National Pupil Database.
We have prepared a summary of the changes, including questions and concerns received from teaching staff and parents.
The support guide for staff, suggests checking based on passport or ID card although ‘not required’. [Items 5.3.2 – 5.5.5]
“Pupil nationality would be expected to appear on – or be derived from – the passport or European economic area (EEA) identity card. However, there is no requirement for the school to see a copy of the passport or identity card.”
This latest step to collect more personal data on children – country of birth and nationality on an individual level – and suck it into the National Pupil Database to be given away to unaccredited researchers, unqualified third party outsiders, is a gaping security risk and an ill thought out idea, with potentially damaging consequences for individuals and groups.