1 The school will comply with:
1.1 The terms of the 1998 Data Protection Act, and any subsequent
relevant legislation, to ensure personal data is treated in a manner that
is fair and lawful.
1.2 Birmingham Education Service advice and guidance supplied in the
Data Protection Advice for Schools flyer and Data Protection
Guidance for Schools booklet.
1.3 Information and guidance displayed on the Information
Commissioner’s website (www.dataprotection.gov.uk).
2 This policy should be used in conjunction with the school’s Internet Use
3 Data Gathering
3.1 All personal data relating to staff, pupils or other people with whom we
have contact, whether held on computer or in paper files, are covered
by the Act.
3.2 Only relevant personal data may be collected and the person from
whom it is collected should be informed of the data’s intended use and
any possible disclosures of the information that may be made.
4 Data Storage
4.1 Personal data will be stored in a secure and safe manner.
4.2 Electronic data will be protected by standard password and firewall
systems operated by the school.
4.3 Computer workstations in administrative areas will be positioned so
that they are not visible to casual observers waiting either in the office
or at the reception hatch.
4.4 Manual data will be stored where it not accessible to anyone who does
not have a legitimate reason to view or process that data.
4.5 Particular attention will be paid to the need for security of sensitive
5 Data Checking
5.1 The school will issue regular reminders to staff and parents to ensure
that personal data held is up-to-date and accurate.
5.2 Any errors discovered would be rectified and, if the incorrect
information has been disclosed to a third party, any recipients
informed of the corrected data.
6 Data Disclosures
6.1 Personal data will only be disclosed to organisations or individuals for
whom consent has been given to receive the data, or organisations
that have a legal right to receive the data without consent being given.
Example School Data Protection Policy
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6.2 When requests to disclose personal data are received by telephone it
is the responsibility of the school to ensure the caller is entitled to
receive the data and that they are who they say they are. It is
advisable to call them back, preferably via a switchboard, to ensure
the possibility of fraud is minimised.
6.3 If a personal request is made for personal data to be disclosed it is
again the responsibility of the school to ensure the caller is entitled to
receive the data and that they are who they say they are. If the person
is not known personally, proof of identity should be requested.
6.4 Requests from parents or children for printed lists of the names of
children in particular classes, which are frequently sought at
Christmas, should politely refused as permission would be needed
from all the data subjects contained in the list. (Note: A suggestion
that the child makes a list of names when all the pupils are present in
class will resolve the problem.)
6.5 Personal data will not be used in newsletters, websites or other media
without the consent of the data subject.
6.6 Routine consent issues will be incorporated into the school’s pupil data
gathering sheets, to avoid the need for frequent, similar requests for
consent being made by the school.
6.7 Personal data will only be disclosed to Police Officers if they are able
to supply a WA170 form which notifies of a specific, legitimate need to
have access to specific personal data. This form is the agreed
procedure between Birmingham City Council and West Midlands
6.8 A record should be kept of any personal data disclosed so that the
recipient can be informed if the data is later found to be inaccurate.
7 Subject Access Requests
7.1 If the school receives a written request from a data subject to see any
or all personal data that the school holds about them this should be
treated as a Subject Access Request and the school will respond
within the 40 day deadline.
7.2 Informal requests to view or have copies or personal data will be dealt
with wherever possible at a mutually convenient time but, in the event
of any disagreement over this, the person requesting the data will be
instructed to make their application in writing and the school will
comply with its duty to respond within the 40 day time limit.
8 This policy will be included in the Staff Handbook.
9 Data Protection statements will be included in the school prospectus and on
any forms that are used to collect personal data.