New data items required for the Autumn Census

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The DfE have introduced 3 new data items to be collected in the Autumn 2016 Census, they are:

1. Pupil Nationality

To be recorded for: all pupils on roll and pupils that have left since the start of the 2016/2017 academic year.

It should be the nationality of the pupil, as stated by the parent/guardian and/or child or the pupil’s passport, or EAA (European Economic Area) identity card.

For pupils with ‘Multiple Nationality or Dual Nationality’ more than one nationality can be recorded.  In the unusual circumstances where a child is born outside of the national boundaries e.g. in international water, they may be classified under the nationality of the parent or as ‘Stateless’.

2. Country of Birth

To be recorded for: all pupils on roll and pupils that have left since the start of the 2016/2017 academic year.

It should be the country in which the pupil was born, as stated by the parent/guardian/and/or child. As for Nationality (above), the country of birth would be expected to be as appears on the pupil’s birth certificate or passport. In the unusual circumstances where a child is born outside of the national boundaries e.g. in international water, they may be classified under the nationality of the parent or as ‘Stateless’.

3. Proficiency in English

To be recorded for: those pupils whose First Language indicates other than English and the Year Taught In is Reception and above.

The list of proficiency codes should be:

A – New to English
B – Early Acquisition
C – Developing Competence
D – Competent
E – Fluent

These fields will be made available in the Summer release, which is due soon (watch out for a blog post). However, if you haven’t already, you may wish to start collecting nationality/country of birth from parents – and preparing to assess EAL proficiency.

The attached presentation from CAPITA includes more information on these changes along with detailed descriptives of the proficiency codes listed above.

Click here to view the presentation →

As always, you can contact our MIS Service Desk for more information or assistance on 0345 222 1551 • Option 3 or misservicedesk@schoolbusinessservices.co.uk.


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