The Independent is reporting that the Lords have warned that recording pupil nationality could lead to those born abroad who live in the UK to ‘feel unwelcome’
A controversial new government census asking schools to record pupil’s nationalities and place of birth is “dangerous and divisive” and “smacks of racism”, MPs have ruled, as the government faces Lords opposition over the policy.
Since the start of the new academic term, schools and colleges in England have been required by the Department for Education (DfE) to ask parents for personal information including nationality, place of birth and proficiency in English.
Data protection and human rights campaigners including Liberty have likened the process to producing a “foreign children list” akin to the government’s proposed controversial foreign worker lists for businesses.
Lords from across the House have agreed with campaigners in expressing fears that the information – stored on the National Pupil Database – could be exploited by immigration enforcement and third parties.
A parliamentary question answered by Education Minister Nick Gibb revealed that the Home Office requested DfE data relating to more than 2,462 individuals between July 2015 and September 2016.
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