Using ethnic categories in the Census

The CES Census includes questions on ethnicity. The categories take account of advice on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website and are based on those used in the National Census by the Office for National Statistics, as well as by DfE and the Welsh Assembly.

Local authorities select from national lists of ethnic categories to derive a listing which reflects their area. In some instances, they may use the main category (column C, e.g. White), in others, they may have used a sub-category (column D, e.g. White British), or they may have decided a further level of detail is required (column F, e.g. White Welsh). Consequently, schools in different local authorities (even where they are within the same diocese) may have collected this data in different formats.

Feedback from earlier CES Censuses indicated that some schools had difficulties translating their data into the CES categories because of the diverse range of categories available.

The table in the attached pdf document illustrates how the CES categories (in the first two columns on the left) relate to those used by local authorities and for the collection of national school census data. By identifying the categories used by the local authority and school in the columns to the right (which are in a paler shade) and then referring to the equivalent CES columns (which are in a darker shade), the equivalent CES category will be found.

E.g.: Albanian (WALB), Bosnian-Herzegovinian (WBOS) would fall into the CES Category White Other. The exception is White Eastern European (WEEU) which falls into the CES category White Eastern European. (All shown as shades of yellow.)

E.g.: Black - Somali (BSOM) or Black - African (BAFR), would fall into the CES category Black/Black British. (All shown as shades of green.)


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