Magazine article New Internationalist

School Census Boycott

Magazine article New Internationalist

School Census Boycott

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Parents have boycotted a school census to protect against administrators being 'turned into border guards' by the government.

Questionnaires asking for country of birth and nationality data came home in the book-bags of children across Britain in October. They followed a new Department of Education (DfE) policy requiring schools, nurseries and childminders to state whether their children are foreign nationals.

Although it's not currently compulsory to reply, the request dropped at an increasingly hostile time for migrants and ethnic minorities.

Campaigners from the coalition Against Borders for Children, which is leading the boycott, say collecting data for all children aged 2-19 is 'unnecessary, divisive and puts vulnerable children at risk'. …

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