Pupil nationality data and sharing

Wayne Pearsall made this Freedom of Information request to Warwickshire County Council

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Dear Warwickshire County Council,

It is, by now. Common knowledge that from September, schools were asked to collect the nationality and birth country of each pupil.

What is less common knowledge is that this was as a compromise won by the DfE to curb stricter proposals from Theresa May.

The former home secretary wanted teachers to carry out immigration checks and schools to “deprioritise” places for the children of illegal immigrants.

I would like you to provide the following information :

All communication between the home office and your organisation relating to this mass data collection Excercise.

All communication with schools instructing them to collect the data.

You are aware, as a Lea, you have an obligation to educate all children in your area. How many immigrant children have been refused places at schools because of their nationality?

Please provide the pupil nationality data you hold for all schools in the area... Including
Country of birth and nationality broken down by school for this year.

School name: xxxxxxx
Xxxxxx Country of birth, country of nationality
Undisclosed - 1 - 1
United Kingdom - 1 - 1
Ireland - 1 - 1
India - 1 - 1
France - 1 - 1

Yours faithfully,

Rev. Pearsall

Information request
Our reference: 2059528


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Misha Martin, Warwickshire County Council

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Dear Mr Pearsall 

Please find attached letter and enclosures from Jonathan Sheward relating
to you FOI request reference 2059528

Kind regards

Misha Martin
Trainee Solicitor

Warwickshire Legal Services
Resources Group
Warwickshire County Council, Shire Hall, Warwick, CV34 4RL
DX 723362 Warwick 5

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Dear Misha Martin,


Not known and not yet obtained are two different fields.

Can you provide information you hold for what the criterion for each field selection is?

I note that you've replaced these fields with less than 5 too. Please explain the reason for doing so. I'm sure you know that to say ' we don't know the nationality of 1 of the 800 pupils enrolled ' wouldn't identify that single child in any way shape or form.

To be honest, I have to question not only this report but the entire report in general. A nationality isn't based on accent, skin colour or any other physical aspect... How do you consider that providing the information requested could identify a single child?

As you know, data protection is somewhat of a specialist area of mine... And I don't believe that s.40 is triggered.

Please review your response...

Yours sincerely,
Rev Pearsall

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