Government scraps plans for controversial nationality census for 2-5 year-olds in humiliating U-turn

Following on from yesterday’s story, on the government’s controversial collection of the nationality data of 2-5 year-olds, the Independent is reporting that the government has taken a huge U-turn and now plan to get rid of the nationality census.

Nursery schools will no longer be forced to collect details on the nationality and birth place of children as young as two, The Independent can reveal, following a Government U-turn over the controversial school census.

Since September this year, schools, colleges and nurseries have been required to ask parents to provide details of where their children were born, as well as nationality and English language proficiency – a move MPs say has “all the hallmarks of racism”.

After meeting with campaign group Schools Against Border for Children (ABC), Department for Education officials said the collection of data on nationality and country of birth would not be extended towards children aged two to five, despite previous Government guidance stating the contrary. 

Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner has condemned the census as it stands, criticising the Government for forcing schools to police the immigration status of children.

Responding to the Government U-turn, she said: “This entire data collection exercise has been mired in controversy due to the department’s ham-fisted and rushed-through changes.” 

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