Nationality census still required for children over 5 years old

Since September 2016, 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.

The new legislation has been met with backlash from schools, parents and some MPs who marked this information gathering as ‘dangerous and divisive’. A major concern is how this information will be stored and used.

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, has lodged a motion to block this legislation. However, so far the Department of Education has only agreed that data concerning children in nurseries will not be required.

If the issues of security and discrimination arise, why has the legislation not been scrapped completely and why does the requirement still stand for children in primary and secondary schools?

Click here to read an article about this legislation.