Managing the personal information of pupils and staff: how to avoid a £500,000 fine

Educational settings handle increasing volumes of personal information – on pupils, their families and relations, and staff. This personal information is increasing in sensitivity: medical information; allegations of bullying and safeguarding concerns will contain sensitivity personal data of pupils and others. There is an increasing focus on how schools handle personal information: by the Information …

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Bullying: the data protection implications

A survey finds bullying is parents’ big fear as children start secondary school – but what are the data protection implications of bullying? An article on Sunday, 20 October 2013 highlighted that the prospect of their child being bullied as they entered secondary school topped parents’ list of concerns, with 33% citing it as their biggest …

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Data Protection Policy ‘required by law’ in academies

For those of you who did not already know, the Department for Education’s list of “Policies and other documents that Governing Bodies are required to have by law” confirms that a Data Protectio n Policy is a necessity for all Academies. Data Protection Policy is recorded on page three under ‘Statutory policies required by other …

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ICO reminds student of their rights

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has reminded A-level and GCSE students of their right to see details of how their exams were marked. Under the Data Protection Act students can ask to see information including: A breakdown of their marks Examiner’s comments Minutes of examination appeals panels The ICO provides students with An exam results …

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