Pupil Level Annual Schools Census - PLASC

If you have not come across PLASC before, it is very important that you look at our PLASC Background Information  page in order to understand what this is all about.

Information about each state school pupil is collected from the school's system annually, via Capita's SIMS (school information management system). It goes on to the National Pupil Database

From 2006 it is intended that PLASC will be expanded again. This time, it will take from secondary schools:

● pupils full postal addresses

● information about exclusions

● information about attendance

● information about other services that a pupil receives

From 2007 this information will be taken from primary schools as well.

PLASC will no longer be an annual event: it will happen three times a year.

Meanwhile, Capita has been busy expanding the range of SIMS. On their website  you can find more information about these products, including a 'detailed pupil record' that can record information on every aspect of a pupil’s school career, including trivial behaviour incidents.



● The National Pupil Database is now used as an accessible, individual record of pupils. This is against all of the assurances that were given just 3 years ago.

● The Government has effectively established an ‘identity database’ of every state school pupil without any publicity or parliamentary debate

● Increasing amounts of information about each child can be shared without the consent or knowledge of child or parents

● Information is no longer restricted to basic details, and the range is being steadily expanded

● Exclusions are to be recorded – but a pupil can be excluded from school on a ‘balance of probabilities’ that he committed the offence of which he is accused.

● How long before the entire ‘detailed pupil record’ is held on the central National Pupil Database?

**The records held on the database will never be deleted**


Here at ARCH, we are very worried. In just five years, the government has moved from collecting aggregate school data to compiling detailed records on every state school pupil in the country. Because the changes have been careful and gradual, few have objected.

A child’s education is no longer a private matter between child, parents and teachers. We have reached a point where the law allows information about a child’s education to be shared routinely between a large number of agencies, and decisions to be taken by professionals without the consent or knowledge of families.

When ARCH first sounded a warning about PLASC, we were accused of giving out ‘misinformation’. All of our concerns have since proved correct: pupil information has now become a central plank in the government’s strategy to build a central record of every aspect of each child’s life.



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