Please see statutory information below. Paper copies are available via the School Office.
On 25th May 2018, the data protection laws changed and the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became law. As an organisation that gathers and uses data (information) we are required to review our data handling and related procedures.
This information outlines the key changes brought about by this legal change.
In principle, with regards to data collection, we are now required to consider:
- what data we need from you
- why we need it
- what we will do with it
- where it will be stored
- who we may share it with and why
- how we will dispose (get rid of) the data
- how long we will keep it
As well as telling you this, we are also required to tell you how you can view the data, request changes or deletions and what we will do in the case of a data breach.
The new law states that you have 9 rights in relation to the data we hold. These are:
- the right to see any data we keep on record
- the right to request changes where errors exist
- the right to request that something is removed from the record/data
- the right to request that information is not used in any way other that originally intended
- the right to have you r data used by someone else
- the right to object to data being used for marketing or other commercial purposes
- the right for your children’s data to be used for their education only
- the right to complain about how the data has been gathered and used in this school
- the right to compensation if damages have occurred as a result of our data handling
Your Child’s Data
As a school we require some essential data from parents and guardians. This data can be as simple as your address, a contact phone number, or any medical conditions your child may have. Such information is not only legally required by the school, but it also ensures that children and their families are well served by the school for routine matters.
In most cases, this data will be provided by you but it will then be entered onto the school’s information management system. Be assured that our systems are:
- password protected
- restricted to those with a ‘need to know’
- regularly backed up externally
- managed in accordance with the law and local guidance
Sharing Your Data
We will always make every attempt to let you know what we are doing with your data. On occasion, we may be required to pass on data to other people/agencies. The circumstances in which we would be likely to do so, would include:
- at the request of a court of law
- where we believe your child is at risk of harm
- we are legally required to so
- at the request of police services in relation to crime
This privacy notice tells you what to expect us to do with your personal information when you provide us with information about you, your child or other family members.
The Furze-Warren Hard Federation is the data controller of the personal information we process, unless otherwise stated. This means the school determines the purposes for which, and the manner in which, any personal data relating pupils and their families is to be processed. In some cases, your data will be outsourced to a third-party processor; however, this will only be done with your consent, unless the law requires the school to share your data. Where the school outsources data to a third-party processor. The same data protection standards that the Furze-Warren Hard Federation upholds are imposed on the processor. Our Data Protection Officer will oversee and monitor the school’s data protection procedures and ensure
we remain compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018.
The data protection officer can be contacted via email:
email@example.com for Furze Infants’ School
What is personal information?
Personal information can be any information relating to a living person who can be directly or indirectly identified by reference to an identifier. A personal identifier includes your name, location, online identifier and identification numbers. The categories of information that we collect, hold and share include:
- Personal information (such as name, unique pupil number 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)
- Assessment information – e.g. national curriculum assessment results
- Relevant medical information
- Information relating to Special educational needs (SEND)
- Behavioural information – e.g. number of temporary exclusions
What is ‘Special Category’ personal information?
Some information is ‘special’ and needs more protection due to its sensitivity. It’s often information you would not want widely known and is very personal to you. This is likely to include anything that can reveal your:
- sexuality and sexual health
- religious or philosophical beliefs
- physical or mental health
- trade union membership
- political opinion
- genetic/biometric data
Why we collect and use your information
We use the pupil data:
- to support pupil learning
- to monitor and report on pupil progress
- to provide appropriate pastoral care
- to assess the quality of our services
- to comply with the law regarding data sharing
- to safeguard pupils
The lawful basis on which we use this information
The Furze-Warren Hard Federation holdsthe legal right to collect and use personal data relating to pupils and their families, and we may also receive information regarding them from their previous school, Local Authority and/or Department for Education (DfE). We collect and use personal data in order to meet legal requirements and legitimate interests set out in the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018.
Generally, we collect and use personal information where:
- you have given consent
- you have entered into a contract with us
- It is necessary to perform our statutory duties
- It is necessary to protect someone in an emergency
- It is required by law (e.g Education Act 1996)
- It is necessary for legal cases
- It is necessary for archiving, research or statistical purposes
Whilst the majority of the personal data you provide to the school is mandatory, some is provided on a voluntary basis. When collecting data, the school will inform you whether you are required to provide this data or if your consent is needed. Where consent is required, the school will provide you with specific and explicit information with regards to the reasons the data is being collected and how the data will be used.
If we have consent to use your personal information, you have the right to remove it at any time. If you want to remove your consent, contact our data protection officer by email:
firstname.lastname@example.org for Furze Infants’ School
How long is your data stored for?
We hold data relating to pupils at the Furze-Warren Hard Federation and their families in line with the school’s data retention policy and in compliance with the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018.
Who we share pupil information with
The Furze-Warren Hard Federation is required to share pupils’ data with the DfE on a statutory basis. The National Pupil Database (NPD) is managed by the DfE and contains information about pupils in schools in England. The Furze-Warren Hard Federation is required by law to provide information about our pupils to the DfE as part of statutory data collections, such as the school census; some of this information is then stored in the NPD.
The DfE may share information about our pupils from the NDP with third parties who promote the education or wellbeing 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 any data shared from the NDP is maintained. To contact DfE: https://www.gov.uk/contact-dfe
The Furze-Warren Hard Federation routinely shares pupil’s information with:
- schools that the pupil’s attend after leaving us
- our local authority
- the Department for Education (DfE)
- the National Health Service (NHS)
- the school nurse
We do not share information about our pupils with anyone without consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so.
Your right of access
You have the right to ask us for copies of your personal information. This right always applies and is commonly known as making a ‘subject access request’. There are some exemptions, which means you may not always receive all the information we process for example if information is likely to cause serious harm to the physical or mental health or condition of you or any other person.
Information relating to or provided by a third person who has not consented to the disclosure, including images removed or obscured. If we can’t give you some or any of the information, we’ll tell you why.
To make a request for your personal information, or be given access to your child’s educational record, please contact email@example.com for Furze Infants’ School clearly stating:
- Your name and contact details
- The Information you want
- Any details or relevant dates that will help us process your request.
You also have the right to:
- object to processing of personal data in some circumstances.
- 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/
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If you have any queries about how your personal information is handled contact our Data Protection Officer firstname.lastname@example.org for Furze Infants’ School
For independent advice about data protection, privacy and data sharing issues, you can also contact the Information Commissioner’s Officer at:
Information Commissioner’s Officer
Tel: 0303 123 1113
Everyone at Furze Infants' School believes that every child matters and every interaction with them counts. We actively avoid discrimination and promote equality, regardless of a child's circumstances or background.
Under the Equality Act 2010 schools need to carry out accessibility planning for disabled pupils. Schools must implement accessibility plans which are aimed at:
- increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the curriculum;
- improving the physical environment of schools to enable disabled pupils to take better advantage of education, benefits, facilities and services provided; and
- improving the availability of accessible information to disabled pupils.
Please click here to see our Accessibility Plan