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 Commissioner’s Office, The Department for Education and, critically, Ofsted, who regard the “Management of Personal Data” as one of the key features of ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ practice.*
As the Information Commissioner himself recently commented, data protection has become mainstream. But has it at your school? Have your policies, procedures and training kept up with developments?
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This article first appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of The Bursar’s Review – the official Magazine of the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA) www.theisba.org.uk
* Briefings and information for use during inspections of maintained schools and academies: Inspecting e-safety, Ofsted, December 2013. http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/briefings-and-information-for-use-during-inspections-of-maintained-schools-and-academies-september-2