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Initial Teacher Training 2016/17 - Ethnicity

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Initial Teacher Training 2016/17

Fields required from institutions in England


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valid entries
Short nameETHNIC

This field records a student's ethnicity.

Applicable toEngland

All students.

Valid entries and labels
15Gypsy or Traveller
21Black or Black British - Caribbean
22Black or Black British - African
29Other Black background
31Asian or Asian British - Indian
32Asian or Asian British - Pakistani
33Asian or Asian British - Bangladeshi
39Other Asian background
41Mixed - White and Black Caribbean
42Mixed - White and Black African
43Mixed - White and Asian
49Other Mixed background
80Other Ethnic background
90Not known
98Information refused

This field contains the subset of codes applicable to England from the Student.ETHNIC field in the Student record.

Ethnicity is recorded on the basis of the student's own self-assessment.

Code 80 'Other ethnic background' should be used when a student indicates their ethnicity as something not included in the coding frame.

Code 90 'Not known' can be used when a student genuinely does not know their ethnicity, for example individuals who were adopted.

Code 98 'Information refused' should be returned when a student has explicitly refused to provide the information. The phrase 'Prefer not to say' can be used when collecting the data.

Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) has a number of resources relating to gathering information across the protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010. These resources can be found at Equality Challenge Unit. If you have any further queries regarding equality monitoring, please email ECU at [email protected].

Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) suggested question: “What is your ethnic group?

For best practice, ECU advise that when providing categories of response, providers list these in alphabetical order of high-level category e.g. “Asian” categories, “Arab”, “Black…

As far as possible, ECU recommends alignment with the 2011 Census categories for both staff and students.

For information, ECU also recommends to HE providers that they monitor white minority ethnic groups in more detail as there are specific issues for staff and students who identify as groups within ‘white other’.

When collecting this data, providers can choose to use the answer option 'Prefer not to say' which can be mapped to 'Information Refused'.

Quality rules
Quality rules to follow
Reason required

To monitor equal opportunities issues in the higher education sector and support higher education providers (HEPs) in meeting their obligations under the Equality Act 2010.

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Field length2
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Schema components
Element: ETHNIC
Date modified2017-05-09
Change management notesGuidance added clarifying that providers may select 'Prefer not to say' on this field when conducting questionnaires. Guidance added to inform users of further information on protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010.

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