PRIVACY NOTICE – PICKNALLS FIRST SCHOOL 2018/19

Why do we collect and use personal information?

We collect and use personal information:

  • to support pupil learning
  • to monitor and report on pupil progress
  • to provide appropriate pastoral care
  • to assess the quality of our services and how well our school is doing
  • statistical forecasting and planning
  • to comply with the law regarding data sharing

The categories of personal information that we collect, hold and share include:

  • Personal information (such as name, unique pupil number, date of birth and address)
  • Characteristics (such as ethnicity, language, nationality, country of birth and free school meal eligibility)
  • Attendance information (such as sessions attended, number of absences and absence reasons) and exclusions
  • Assessment information
  • Modes of travel
  • Relevant medical, special educational needs and behavioural information

As a UK public authority, we process the information above under the basis of Public Task or a Legal Obligation to carry out our official functions.  However, where Consent is required, it is obtained explicitly with clear and concise supporting information and advice.

In addition, we are legally obliged to share information about our students with the Department for Education as part of statutory data collections, such as the school census.  We process this data under the basis of Compliance.

In the event of an emergency, where the sharing of medical information with the appropriate medical authorities may protect someone's life, we do this under the basis of Vital Interests.

Collecting personal information

Whilst the majority of personal information you provide to us is mandatory, some of it is provided to us on a voluntary basis. In order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, we will inform you whether you are required to provide certain personal information to us or if you have a choice in this. Where we are using your personal information only on the basis of your permission you may ask us to stop processing this personal information at any time.

Storing personal data

We hold pupil data for in accordance with our retention policies. This schedule will detail the length of time for which the personal data will be stored.

Who do we share pupil information with?

We routinely share pupil information with:

  • schools that the pupil’s attend after leaving us
  • our local authority
  • Children’s Services
  • the Department for Education (DfE)
  • Health Professionals (school nurse, educational psychologist, speech and language, CAMHS)
  • SEND professionals or educational settings

 Why we share pupil information

We do not share personal information with anyone without consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so.

We share pupils’ data with the Department for Education (DfE) on a statutory basis. This data sharing underpins school funding and educational attainment policy and monitoring.

We are required to share information about our pupils with our local authority (LA) and the Department for Education (DfE) under section 3 of The Education (Information about Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2013.

Data collection requirements

To find out more about the data collection requirements placed on us by the Department for Education (for example; via the school census) go to https://www.gov.uk/education/data-collection-and-censuses-for-schools.

The National Pupil Database (NPD)

The NPD is owned and managed by the Department for Education and contains information about pupils in schools in England. It provides invaluable evidence on educational performance to inform independent research, as well as studies commissioned by the Department. It is held in electronic format for statistical purposes. This information is securely collected from a range of sources including schools, local authorities and awarding bodies.

We are required by law, to provide information about our pupils to the DfE as part of statutory data collections such as the school census and early years’ census. Some of this information is then stored in the NPD. The law that allows this is the Education (Information about Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2013.

To find out more about the pupil information we share with the department, for the purpose of data collections, go to https://www.gov.uk/education/data-collection-and-censuses-for-schools.

To find out more about the NPD, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-pupil-database-user-guide-and-supporting-information.

The department may share information about our pupils from the NPD with third parties who promote the education or well-being of children in England by:

  • conducting research or analysis
  • producing statistics
  • providing information, advice or guidance

The Department has robust processes in place to ensure the confidentiality of our data is maintained and there are stringent controls in place regarding access and use of the data. Decisions on whether DfE releases data to third parties are subject to a strict approval process and based on a detailed assessment of:

  • who is requesting the data
  • the purpose for which it is required
  • the level and sensitivity of data requested: and
  • the arrangements in place to store and handle the data

To be granted access to pupil information, organisations must comply with strict terms and conditions covering the confidentiality and handling of the data, security arrangements and retention and use of the data.

For more information about the department’s data sharing process, please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/data-protection-how-we-collect-and-share-research-data

For information about which organisations the department has provided pupil information, (and for which project), please visit the following website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-pupil-database-requests-received

To contact DfE: https://www.gov.uk/contact-dfe

Requesting access to your personal data

Under data protection legislation, parents and pupils have the right to request access to information about them that we hold. To make a request for your personal information, or be given access to your child’s educational record, contact Penny Plant, Bursar.

You also have the right, subject to some limitations to:

  • object to processing of personal data that is likely to cause, or is causing, damage or distress
  • prevent processing for the purpose of direct marketing
  • object to decisions being taken by automated means
  • in certain circumstances, have inaccurate personal data rectified, blocked, erased or destroyed; and
  • Lodge a complaint and/or claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of the Data Protection Legislations

If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, you should raise your concern with us in the first instance. Alternatively, if you are not satisfied with our response you can contact the external regulator of information rights and law the Information Commisioner's Office at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ 

Contact:

If you would like to discuss anything in this privacy notice, please contact:

You can also contact our Data Protection Officer using the below contact details:

Email: dpo@staffordshire.gov.uk

Postal address:

Data Protection Officer

Information Governance Unit

Staffordshire County Council

2 Staffordshire Place

Stafford

ST16 2DH