• A third of EAL pupils are fluent in English

    A third of pupils with English as an additional language are fluent in it, according to new data from the school census. A new requirement that schools record data on EAL pupils’ proficiency in English came into effect last summer. The system involves schools grading proficiency on a sliding scale from “new to English” to “fluent”.

    11.33 Dec. 7th, 2017 | News

  • Government faces legal action on pupil nationality data

    A campaign group is raising money to take the Department for Education to the High Court over its decision to collect data on school pupils’ nationality and country of birth. The human rights charity Liberty will represent Against Borders for Children, which will focus on whether the policy infringes the rights of pupils. The groups also

    11.52 Nov. 20th, 2017 | News

  • Free school meal take-up lowest on record, and 4 more census findings

    School census data from January 2017 has been released by the government today. Here are the main points… 1. Free school meal take-up rate falls to lowest on record In January, 14 per cent of all pupils were eligible for and claiming free school meals, down from 14.3 per cent last year and the lowest

    10.22 Jun. 29th, 2017 | News

  • Schools go 'supersize' to cope with population growth

    The average size of primary schools has increased by one whole class since 2009 to accommodate a bulge in pupils, new figures have revealed. Census figures from January this year, published today, also show there has been a rise in ‘super-size’ classes at secondary level – seemingly confirming concerns by unions that teachers are being

    10.34 Jun. 29th, 2017 | News

  • Government reviews pupil nationality check guidance after schools' passport demands

    The government has beefed up official guidance for the controversial pupil nationality data collection duty after schools wrongly demanded copies of non-white pupils’ passports. The move is said to be part of a transparency pledge by the Department for Education (DfE) to ensure schools and parents fully understand the new duty. Schools have had to

    14.49 Feb. 20th, 2017 | News

  • Nationality data was 'compromise' on Theresa May's school immigration check plan

    Controversial new government rules ordering schools to collect nationality data of pupils were introduced as a compromise to curb stricter plans for teachers to carry out immigration checks and deprioritise immigrant pupils. Leaked cabinet letters obtained by the BBC, published today, show Theresa May, while home secretary, wrote to the Department for Education last year outlining proposals

    10.15 Dec. 1st, 2016 | News

  • What schools need to know about collecting census nationality data

    Changes to the school census that require the collection of data on pupils’ country of birth and nationality are back on the agenda again after more parents took to twitter to share examples of schools’ responses to the new rules. The debate has also potentially reignited following an announcement at the Conservative Party conference that companies will

    12.15 Oct. 6th, 2016 | News