Politics of Bexit hitting schools

Following the EU referendum, the schools are caught up with the politics of Bexit by the implications of school census, immigration, migration and English as an Additional Language (EAL).
Many schools, including in Harrow, have started collecting data on pupils’ country of birth, nationality and level of English proficiency through the school census in line with the national population census, to fulfil the Department for Education requirement.
scensus“The information will be used to help the DfE better understand how children with, for example, English as an additional language, perform in terms of broader learning” informs DfE.
At present, schools record if a pupil speaks EAL or not, worked out on the basis of the language spoken at home rather than pupil’s acquisition of the English language – the information is usually gathered through the admission process where parents are asked “what language is spoken at home” rather than ‘what is the child’s first language’.
From September, schools will not only need to collect information about pupils ‘country of birth’ and the ‘nationality’ but also to assess each EAL pupil’s “proficiency level”, using a new five-point scale, which ranges from A at the bottom and E at the top. This will be passed to the government for analysis.
Each pupil will receive just one grade for their EAL level, combining their reading, written and spoken language proficiency.
The schools are not really trained or resourced to carry out this extensive and rather sensitive work.
Many feel that following Brexit, the government seemingly wants to highlight that there are not enough school places and there is increased demand on the school resources because a lot of foreigners live in the UK, to deflect from the fact that the state schools are not well resourced to start with.
Who knows how else the school census data would be used.
It is very concerning that the politics of immigration and language is hitting our schools in this way.