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Home Office requested schools census data on nearly 2,500 children

31 October 2016

Lords are expected to challenge collection of information in national pupil database after motion of regret tabled

Home Office officials requested information from the national pupil database on nearly 2,500 children for immigration enforcement over 15 months, it has emerged.

Peers are expected to challenge the collection, undertaken for the first time this year as part of the schools census, in a Lords debate on Monday, after Liberal Democrat education spokesman Michael Storey tabled a motion of regret over the policy.

Human rights groups have urged parents to boycott the questions, amid fears that they would turn teachers into de facto border guards. Answers were not compulsory, but it emerged that schools had been misinterpreting the guidance by demanding pupils’ passport numbers and specifically targeting non-white children.

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