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Managing SARs and FOIs regarding exam results

Advice for teachers and schools on students’ access to information about their exam results It’s likely schools and colleges have seen or will see an increase in SAR and FOI requests asking for justification of marks and/or ranking when exam results are published this year. We’ve put together

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Covid-19 ICO understands school priorities

The ICO understands school priorities but safeguarding data remains paramount. Covid-19 has brought about the best in all communities and it turns out that the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) is not the big ogre everyone thought they were. It is their role to police data protection in the

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Covid-19 and Schools

Covid-19 and Schools From both an educationalist’s point of view and as someone working in data protection and privacy, the drive on remote learning that has been generated by Covid-19 (coronavirus) has been interesting to watch. Whether you view the offers from many companies to provide or

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Covid-19 – Schools must secure personal data

Covid-19 – Schools must secure personal data Covid-19 will eventually go away – compromised data won’t be so easy to put right. Here’s some simple guidance to help ensure all data remains secure and enhances your safeguarding procedures. Stay safe Download our free posters to

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Helping schools comply with the GDPR security principle

GDPRiS partners with CyberSecurity app Secure Schools to help schools comply with the GDPR security principle. We are delighted to announce our partnership with Secure Schools to further help schools comply with data protection law and in particular the GDPR security principle. Talking about the

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Brexit, GDPR and Schools – the next steps

Brexit, GDPR and Schools The nation has spoken – Brexit is going to happen and happen very quickly. So how will this affect your data protection processes in school and what do you need to do? Over the past few months the GDPR in Schools team have been keeping an eye on how the wind has been

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GDPR – Top 3 facts

GDPR – Top 3 Facts 3 good reasons to stop burying your head in the sand! So many organisations, schools included, have spent a long time since the GDPR was introduced in May 2018 with their heads buried in the sand. Recent developments in the data protection arena show that it is the time to

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GDPRiS Black Friday deals

If you’ve been exploring solutions to help you manage GDPR in your school or across your MAT, we’ve got some great deals that you can take advantage of until the 30 November 2019. Offer 1 – 15% off an annual subscription to the market-leading GDPRiS software. Start the new year as you

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Polling Stations in Schools

Data Protection considerations for schools as polling stations. The advent of the 12 December General Election 2019 has posed some interesting problems for schools as Polling Stations. Many schools close to students for the day, and some do so for all but essential staff, whilst others try to

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BETT Awards 2020 finalists announced

GDPRiS shortlisted for prestigious BETT Awards 2020 We are pleased to announce that GDPR in Schools has been shortlisted in the ‘COMPANY OF THE YEAR (LESS THAN £3M TURNOVER)’ category of the BETT Awards. Delighted to have been shortlisted for this award, it is testament to the innovative

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GDPR – the importance of being a graceful swan

GDPR and the importance of being a graceful swan The swan metaphor is used to describe the perception of calm, control and graceful action whilst under the waterline, out of the public gaze, the manic paddling of the webbed feet are enabling the graceful movements above the water. With the

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Expanding MATs – the importance of due diligence

Based on data in the government website GIAS (Get Information About Schools) 221 schools will have closed and reopened as academies in 2019. Some will be creating new trusts, but many will be joining established MATs and this is where the importance of due diligence on the data protection protocols

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Helping Children understand their Data and Privacy

Making it fun for students to learn about privacy Schools have an obligation to inform their students, parents, staff and others about how their data is used. This is nothing new. What has changed is that there is a lot more data now and more consequences for not doing it.   It is not

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Accountability not optional

Accountability, it’s not optional! When people talk about the principles of data protection enshrined in law, it is generated from years of progress around human rights, not just some arbitrary ideas thought up in Brussels. The important word is “protection” and always will be. The

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Information Commissioner draws attention to ‘Accountability’ at recent conference

“This next phase of GDPR requires a refocus on comprehensive data protection – embedding sound data governance in all of your business processes.” Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner Leading up to, and indeed since the implementation of the GDPR we had numerous conversations with

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Merton Schools’ DPO leading the way in Data Protection

Merton Schools’ DPO leading the way in Data Protection Derek Crabtree, Schools’ ICT Support Manager and DPO for schools in the London Borough of Merton, has been nominated for various awards in recognition of his work to support schools across the Borough in complying with the new data

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Lawyers accused of giving wrong GDPR consent advice

Lawyers accused of giving wrong GDPR consent advice A recent article in the Law Society Gazette by Brian Rogers, a legal compliance expert, warned that some solicitors who gave advice regarding how to comply with new GDPR rules last year should revisit that advice. He believes that mistakes were

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Elizabeth Denham explores future of enforcement under GDPR

“I just want to remind you, there’s a whole set of new tools that we have that we intend on using and not just fines” Elizabeth Denham is the UK Information Commissioner. She is the person overseeing our data protection laws and clearly has ideas, with an agenda, on how GDPR and

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ICO’s first school audit reports online

ICO’s first school audit reports online Enquire Learning Trust, Active Learning Trust and Greenwood Academies Trust are the first MATs to experience an ICO audit since the introduction of the GDPR in May 2018. These reports have been published online in the public domain. Many schools will

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Great – your data’s in the ‘cloud’ but which one?

Brexit may prevent EU online processing It is hard to avoid the news about whether there will be a ‘Deal’, ‘No Deal’ or a Hard Brexit. Education will be affected and as a result, the DfE has published advice to prepare schools for each eventuality. This covers teacher qualifications,

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Don’t open emails until you read this

Why you shouldn't open emails until you read this. Schools are facing an email phishing scam epidemic and need to know what to do. The information below should be read by your Data Protection lead/DPO, your IT Support and it is advised that Senior Leadership are fully informed. The emails may look

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The top 5 tasks you SHOULD have completed

The top 5 tasks you SHOULD have completed to ensure compliance with the GDPR It’s been several months since GDPR Day – here are 5 things you SHOULD have completed by now: 1  Appoint and inform ICO of details of your DPO  It is a legal requirement under the GDPR that every

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What should you do when ICO comes knocking?

The implementation of the GDPR was not the final hurdle, it was just the starting line! You should’t panic if you’re having an ICO Advisory Visit or an ICO Audit, just make sure you understand the difference and what is expected of you. It is now even more important for schools to look

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DfE Publishes GDPR Toolkit for Schools

South West Grid for Learning and GDPR in Schools played active role on DfE GDPR Stakeholder Group DfE Publishes GDPR Toolkit for Schools To mark today’s launch of the DfE’s GDPR Toolkit for Schools, SWGfL and GDPR in Schools, who both helped with its development, have today entered into a

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Dispelling common gdpr myths part 2

Dispelling Common GDPR Myths – part 2 Following on from our blog ‘Dispelling Common GDPR Myths – part 1‘ here are 5 more GDPR myths we have heard and wanted to share to help clear up some of the confusion in schools. Let’s dispel another #5 common GDPR myths Myth #1 –

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400 Supplier Data Maps Published

Over 400 supplier data maps now available in GDPRiS. Thanks to the professional knowledge of our dedicated team, we are delighted to announce that more than 400 supplier product data maps have been published in GDPRiS. Our data maps have been designed in accordance with the forthcoming DfE toolkit

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DfE urges school suppliers to help with GDPR

DfE urges school suppliers to help with GDPR. At GDPRiS, we have been doing everything we can to engage with school suppliers that process data to fulfil their obligation to support schools in complying with the new GDPR. On Thursday 22 March, the DfE published an open letter to school suppliers,

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Dispelling common gdpr myths 1

Dispelling Common GDPR Myths – part 1 There is much panic related to the implementation of GDPR in May 2018, yet it is pertinent to note that GDPR came into effect in 2016 and organisations were given 18 months to prepare before the enforcement of the new regulations begins. Compared to many

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Capita SIMS Partner with GDPRiS to help schools meet requirements of the GDPR

Capita SIMS Partner with GDPRiS to help schools meet requirements of the GDPR. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on Friday 25 May and we are delighted to announce that Capita SIMS have partnered with us to further raise awareness in schools and help them on their

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Making sense of the GDPR jargon for schools

Making sense of the GDPR jargon for schools Everyone wants to do the right thing in protecting personal data in schools. However, you must understand the language relating to data protection and privacy, and this can be quite baffling. Where possible misunderstandings can take place, you will

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