Campaigners say Home Office trove must also be purged

Campaigners have welcomed reports that the UK government is planning to cease monitoring pupils' nationality in its mass school data slurp.

The school census, a statutory survey that takes place three times a year, collects a range of information about students, including country of origin and nationality.

Civil rights and privacy groups have campaigned against this data collection since it was slipped into the reporting rules in 2016, especially after revelations that the data had been used in immigration enforcement.

Now the groups are claiming a victory as sector publication Schools Week reported that the Department for Education is expected to write to schools outlining plans to remove the two controversial categories from the census this year.

The letters, expected "in the coming weeks", will tell schools they will not be asked to collect the information as part of the summer census, which is due on 17 May.

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