This release provides data collected via the ‘School placements for children from outside of the UK’ survey from local authorities in England.
It provides data on the number of children from outside of the UK who have applied for a school place split by the following countries of origin:
- Afghanistan (arrivals via Afghanistan Relocation and Assistance Policy or Afghanistan Citizens Resettlement Scheme)
- Ukraine (arrivals via the Family Scheme or Homes for Ukraine)
- Hong Kong (arrivals via the Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) welcome programme)
Data was also asked on applications from ‘All other countries outside of the the UK’, however, because many local authorities have reported not currently holding this information, it is not including in this publication.
Data is also included on the number of offers made within 15 days of application. For children waiting for an offer, local authorities and schools will be working on the process of finding a suitable place within 15 school days. There are many reasons why some children have not been offered a place and why some applications may take longer than 15 days to process, including where the Fair Access Protocol is used.
There are several reasons why a family with school age children may not have made an application immediately. For example:
- They may have recently arrived and not yet applied for a place;
- They may be undertaking remote learning of their country’s own curriculum;
- Some children may have applied for Further Education;
- The Ukrainian compulsory school age starts at 7 and so some families may be unaware that compulsory school age starts at 5 in the UK;
- The Ukrainian school year ends on 1 June, some families may be unaware the UK school year has not yet ended.
This data has been collected and analysed quickly to inform the Department's response to the resettlement of families from Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Ukraine. The Department recognises the operational importance of publishing this data in a timely manner and so is publishing this it as management information.
The data is collected from local authorities on a voluntary basis with the latest return covering the period 1 September 2021 to 27 May 2022. In the latest return the response rate was 77%.
Adjustments for non-response
Imputations to adjust for non-response have been made to produce national and regional estimates. All local authority figures are as reported, with nil returns presented as an ‘x’. In recognition of the uncertainty of these adjustments, all national and regional figures have been rounded to the nearest 100. Any figure less than 50 has been presented as ‘low’.
The imputation methodology follows:
- If a local authority provided data in the latest survey, that data is used.
- If no return was provided - for Ukraine data - data is used from a previous shorter survey. An uplift is applied to these figures based on changes seen between the two surveys for local authorities who supplied returns for both.
- If no return was provided - for Afghanistan and Hong Kong data - estimates are produced based on each local authorities' population size (pupil numbers from the Spring 2022 school census) and rates seen amongst returning local authorities.
We will review this methodology as the series progresses.
For information on further adjustments to the data as a result of quality checks, see the ‘Methodology’ section.