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Changes to the School Census for the 2016-17 Academic Year

For Primary and Secondary Schools

Below is an extract from the DfE Census Guidance notes for the next academic year:
Changes from 2015-2016 school census specifications
New data items:
a) Proficiency in English [ALL schools]
Where a pupil’s language is ‘other than English’, the pupil’s proficiency in English is collected; see paragraph 5.3.3 for full details.
b) Country of birth [ALL schools]
This new data item records the pupil’s country of birth; see paragraph 5.3.4 for full details.
c) Pupil nationality [ALL schools]
This new data item records the pupil’s nationality; see paragraph 5.3.5 for full details.
d) Traineeships [For: Secondary, all-through and PRU with appropriate age range]
This new data item adds an indicator to each of the pupil’s learning aims. The indicator shows where the individual learning aim contributes towards a traineeship; see paragraph 5.10.16 for full details.
e) Unique property reference number [ALL schools]
This new data item is added to the home information address module and allows the unique property reference number (UPRN) to be returned where this is populated within school systems; see paragraph 5.7.2 for full details.
It would be advisable for schools to start collecting Country of Birth and Nationality data for new students as part of the admissions process. 
The DfE recommend seeing the Passport or Birth Certificate to obtain this information.
New data fields in SIMS will be included in the SIMS Summer upgrade that will allow schools to record Proficiency in English. 
The CREDS Team have training sessions available for staff who will be responsible for assessing and recording Proficiency in English. Please make sure the staff concerned are aware that these courses are available.  More information

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