Privacy Notice for pupils/parents (How we use pupil information)
This document provides insight into how information about pupils is used in our school.
The categories of pupil information that we collect, hold and share include:
Personal information (such as name, address and parental contact details)
- 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)
- National Curriculum assessment and external examination results
- Relevant medical information
- Special Educational Needs information
- Exclusions/behavioural information
Why we collect and use this information
We use the pupil data:
to support pupil learning
- to monitor and report on pupil progress
- to provide appropriate pastoral care
- to keep pupils safe and healthy
- to assess the quality of our services
- to comply with the law regarding data sharing
The lawful basis on which we use this information
We collect and use pupil information under section 537A of the Education Act 1996, section 83 of the Children Act 1989 and The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 and subsequent amendments. We also comply with Article 6(1)(c) and Article 9(2)(b) of the Data Protection Act 2018.
Collecting pupil information
Whilst the majority of pupil information you provide to us is mandatory, some of it is provided to us on a voluntary basis. In order to comply with the Data Protection Act 2018, we will inform you whether you are required to provide certain pupil information or if you have a choice.
Storing pupil data
We hold pupil data on local computer systems, as well as on paper. There are strict controls on who can see your information. We hold your education records securely until you change school. Your records will then be transferred to your new school, where they will be retained until you reach the age of 25, after which they are securely destroyed.
Who we share pupil information with
We routinely share pupil information with:
- schools that pupils attend after leaving us
- our Local Authority
- the Department for Education (DfE)
- services that support teaching, learning, assessment, safeguarding and school management
- catering services
- parental communications services
- health services
- providers of extra-curricular services such as music services, before/after school clubs (where the child/young person accesses these services)
Why we share pupil information
We only share information about pupils with others where the law and our policies allow us to, or where we have obtained any necessary consent. We will not share your data if you have advised us that you do not want it shared, unless it is the only way we can make sure you stay safe, or we are legally required 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 and the 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 NPD, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-pupil-database-user-guide-and-supporting-information.
The DfE 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 DfE 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 DfE 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, please contact the school using the details at the end of this document.
You also have the right 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
- claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of the Data Protection regulations
If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, we request that you raise your concern with us in the first instance. Alternatively, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/
If you would like to get a copy of the information about you that Wokingham Local Authority shares with the DfE or post-16 providers or how they use your information, please contact
Data Protection Officer, Wokingham Borough Council, Shute End, Wokingham RG40 1WH. More information and an online form are available via this link: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/council-and-meetings/information-and-data-protection/
If you would like to discuss anything in this privacy notice, please contact:
The Data Protection Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org