Privacy and Data

The Data Protection Act 1998 has put in place numerous safeguards regarding the use of personal data by organisations, including the Department for Education (DfE), local authorities and schools. This area of law is complex. The Act gives rights to those about whom data is held, known as data subjects. This includes:
• the right to know the types of data being held
• why it is being held, and
• to whom it may be communicated
Privacy notices are designed to meet those needs of the Act and should be brought to the attention of all pupils for whom data is being submitted in the School Census. Schools are responsible for doing this for their pupils and the privacy notice might be included as part of an induction pack. Unless there has been a revision, privacy notices do not need reissuing on an annual basis.
The Privacy Notice refers the recipient to their LA website to see how they will store and use the data.
The Privacy Notices also refer the recipients to the DfE website to see how they will store and use the data. Explanations are provided on how the data collected in the School Census will be used. They include details of organisations with which data will be shared, e.g. the Department of Health and Ofsted.
A copy of the privacy notice can be found below, along with guidance on the use and issue of the privacy notice and also details of what the Local Authority does with pupil data from schools.
Heather Benson,
12 Nov 2017, 14:04
Helen Sivyer,
9 Mar 2013, 00:49