Advice on collecting ethnic background data
Hampshire Ethnic Minority & Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) is aware that some schools may find it difficult to support parents to identify their ethnic background.
Hampshire Local Authority collects information on only the main ethnic background categories. DfE guidance states that young people aged 16 and over can choose their ethnic background for themselves. Children who are aged 11 - 15 should make the decision with help from their parents. For children under 11 the parent should make the decision. As all the guidelines indicate, it is important to remember that it is the choice of the individual or their family.
Department for Education guidance
The Department for Education website provides comprehensive guidance on collecting data to LEAs, schools, parents and governors.
Most parents and pupils will readily identify an ethnic group for themselves, or may choose the option of not recording their ethnicity. They may be families from a mixed or dual-heritage background, or they may be families who do not consider any of the categories appropriate for them.
The notes How Do I Classify Myself may be of assistance to parents or schools when helping parents to choose an Ethnic Background group.
If parents cannot readily identify their ethnic background it may help schools to look at specific situations which might occur in Hampshire, e.g. a Nepali, a Turkish, a Vietnamese family or a pupil with parents of different ethnic backgrounds. There are suggestions for the appropriate choice of an Ethnic Background. It is important to reiterate that it is the parent's or pupil's decision, even if the school believes that the ethnic background chosen is not appropriate.