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Data Protection

The Children and Young People’s Services (CYPS), within the Local Authority, has developed a service wide Privacy Notice which includes how personal information is processed by CYPS.  This includes data from education settings.

The CYPS Privacy Notice contains details of what information is collected, how it will be used and with whom it will be shared.  The aim is to make the Privacy Notice issued to children, young people and parent/carers general and constant.  A copy of the Privacy Notice is available on the Local Authority website:  https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/data-protection-and-foi/information-and-data-sharing/sharing-information-on-children-and-young-people/

 

 

Privacy Notice for students over the age of 13 (and Parents/Carers)

This letter might be difficult for you to understand. You can ask your parents or another adult such as your teacher to help you understand it.

It is about how we use information about you and what we do with it. We call this information about you ‘personal data’ or ‘personal information.’

Who we are

Academy Learning is the organisation which is in charge of your personal information. This means the Academy Trust is called the Data Controller.

The postal address of the Academy Trust is:

Anglian Learning

Bottisham Village College

Lode Road

Cambridge

CB25 9DL

If you have queries regarding how we use your personal information you can contact our Data Protection Officer.  The role of the Data Protection Officer for the Trust is being undertaken by The ICT Service.  Our Data Officer at The ICT Service is Paul Stratford who can be contacted on 01480 373229 or paul.stratford@theictservice.org.uk.  Alternatively you can leave a letter at reception or send one by post to us which we will then forward.

 

The categories of student information that we process include:

  • Personal identifiers and contacts (such as name, unique student number, contact details and address)
  • Characteristics (such as ethnicity, language, and free school meal eligibility
  • Safeguarding information (such as court orders and professional involvement)
  • Special educational needs (including the needs and ranking)
  • Medical and administration (such as doctors information, child health, dental health, allergies, medication and dietary requirements)
  • Attendance (such as sessions attended, number of absences, absence reasons and any previous schools attended)
  • Assessment and attainment (progress information and exam results
  • Behavioural information (such as exclusions and any relevant alternative provision put in place)
  • Information about free school meal and pupil premium eligibility
  • Information for catering management purposes (e.g. whether you have school dinners and how often)
  • Biometric information for cashless catering purposes

We will also use photographs of you.  More details about this are in our photograph policy.

Why we collect and use student information

Anglian Learning collect and hold personal information relating to our students and may also receive information about them from their previous school, local authority and / or the Department for Education (DfE). We use this personal data to:

  • support your learning
  • monitor and report on their progress
  • provide appropriate care for you; and
  • assess the quality of our services
  • to keep children safe (food allergies or emergency contact details)
  • to comply with the statutory duties placed on us by the DfE data collections

For students enrolling for post 14 qualifications, the Learning Records Service will give us the unique learner number (ULN) and may also give us details about your learning or qualifications.

The use of your information for these purposes is lawful for the following reasons:

  • The Academy Trust is under a legal obligation to collect the information or the information is necessary for us to meet legal requirements imposed upon us such as our duty to safeguard students.
  • it is necessary for us to hold and use your information for the purposes of our functions in providing schooling and so we can look after our students. This is a function which is in the public interest because everybody needs to have an education. This means we have a real and proper reasons to use your information.
  • We will not usually need your consent to use your information. However, if at any time it appears to us that we would like to use your personal data in a way which means that we would need your consent then we will explain to you what we want to do and ask you for consent. This is most likely to be we are involved in activities which are not really part of our job as an Academy Trust / School but we are involved because we think it would benefit our pupils. If you give your consent, you may change your mind at any time. If we think that you will not understand what we are asking then we will ask your parent or carer instead. Usually, we will involve your parents even if you can make your own decision.

How we collect student information

When we collect personal information on our forms, we will make it clear whether there is a legal requirement for you / your parents to provide it, whether there is a legal requirement on the school / academy trust to collect it. If there is no legal requirement then we will explain why we need it and what the consequences are if it is not provided.

We will also obtain information from your previous school, usually via secure file transfer from your previous school.

When we give your information to others

Once our students reach the age of 13, the law requires us to pass on certain information to to providers of Youth Support Services in your area who have responsibilities in relation to the education or training of 13-19 year olds. We may also share certain personal data relating to children aged 16 and over with post-16 education and training providers in order to secure appropriate services for them. A parent / guardian can request that only their child’s name, address and date of birth be passed to the support service by informing the relevant school. This right is transferred to the child once he / she reaches the age 16. For more information about services for young people, please go to the National Careers website https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk.

We will not give information about our students to anyone without your consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so. If you want to receive a copy of the information about you that we hold, please contact the relevant school:

We are required, by law (under regulation 5 of the Education (Information about Individual Pupils) England Regulations 2013, to pass some information about our students to the Department for Education (DfE).  This is the part of the Government which is responsible for schools. This information may, in turn, then be made available for use by the Local Authority.

The DfE may also share information about students that we give to them, with other people or organisations. This will only take place where the law, including the law about data protection allows it.

The National Pupil Database (NPD)

The NPD is owned and managed by the Department for Education and contains information about students 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 students 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 student 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 National pupil database: user guide and supporting information – GOV.UK.

The department may share information about our students 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 student 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 student 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

We will also normally give information about you to your parents or your main carer. Where appropriate, we will listen to your views first. We will also take family circumstances into account, in particular where a Court has decided what information a parent is allowed to have.

We will also disclose your personal data to:

  • Your new school if you move schools
  • Disclosures connected with SEN support
  • School Nurse
  • School Counsellor
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

The information disclosed to these people / services will include sensitive personal information about you. Usually this means information about your health and any special educational needs or disabilities which you have. We do this because these people need the information so that they can support you.

Our disclosure of your personal data is lawful for the following reasons:

  • The Academy Trust is under a legal obligation to disclose the information or disclosing the information is necessary for us to meet legal requirements imposed upon us such as our duty to look after our students and protect them from harm.
  • It is necessary for us to disclose your information for the purposes of our functions in providing schooling. This is a function which is in the public interest.
  • There is substantial public interest in disclosing your information because it is necessary to keep our students safe from harm.
  • We may not need consent to disclose your information. However, if at any time it appears to us that we would need consent then we will ask before a disclosure is made.

It is in your interests for your personal information to be passed to these people or services.  If we need consent to pass on your information, we will ask you for consent once we think that you can understand what we are asking.  This is because the law requires us to ask you if you can understand.  Normally, we involve parents too.  By law we don’t need their consent if you give it but parents like to be involved because it is part of looking after you.  Before you are old enough to understand we will ask your parents to provide consent on your behalf.

We do not normally transfer your information to a different country which is outside the European Economic Area. This would only happen if one of your parents lives abroad or if you move to a new school abroad. If this happens we will be very careful to make sure that it is safe to transfer your information. We will look at whether that other country has good data protection laws for example. If we cannot be sure that it is safe then we will talk to you and your parents about it and make sure that you are happy for us to send your information. As this is not something we normally do and we don’t know which country we might need to send your information to, we cannot tell you more about it now but if we want to transfer your data to a different country then we will tell you whether or not we think it is safe and why we have decided that.

How long we keep your information

We only keep your information for as long as we need to or for as long as the law requires us to. Most of the information we have about you will be in our student files. We usually keep these until your 25th birthday unless you move to another school in which case we send your file to your new school. We have a policy which explains how long we keep information. It is called a Records Retention Policy and you can find it here https://anglianlearning.org/financial-documents/data-protection/ or ask for a copy at student support.

Your rights

You have these rights:

  • You can ask us for a copy of the information we have about you
  • You can ask us to correct any information we have about you if you think it is wrong
  • You can ask us to erase information about you (although we may have good reasons why we cannot do this)
  • You can ask us to limit what we are doing with your information
  • You can object to what we are doing with your information
  • You can ask us to transfer your information to another organisation in a format that makes it easy for them to use.

There is more information in our Data Protection Policy which is available on the Anglian Learning website https://anglianlearning.org/financial-documents/data-protection/

A list of all third parties that we share or that process data on our behalf is also available on the Anglian Learning website.

https://anglianlearning.org/financial-documents/data-protection/

You can complain about what we do with your personal information. If you are not happy with our answer to your complaint then you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 if you prefer to use a national rate number.

 

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