Privacy Notice (How we use pupil information)
Why do we collect and use pupil information?
We collect and use pupil information under Section 537A of the Education Act 1996, Section 83 of the Children Act 1989 and “Article 6” and “Article 9“of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Article 6 (GDPR) condition: Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the data controller (Western Community Primary School) is subject.
Article 9 (GDPR) condition: For substantial public interest on legal basis.
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 ensure that we meet our statutory obligations including those related to diversity and equality.
We may also receive information from their previous school or college, local authority, the Department for Education (DfE) and the Learning Records Service (LRS).
Note: Schools and local authorities have a (legal) duty under the DPA and the GDPR to ensure that any personal data they process is handled and stored securely.
The categories of pupil 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)
- National curriculum assessment results
- Special education needs information
- Relevant medical information
- Exclusions and behavioural information
- Pastoral care concerns
- Photographs for the website, annual photographs (external provider), school prospectus, newsletter and social media (School app/Twitter).
- CCTV images
Why we collect and use this information
We use the school student data to help run the school:
- To support student learning
- To monitor and report on student progress
- To provide appropriate pastoral care
- To assess the quality of our services
- To comply with the law regarding data sharing
For details of what we collect, hold and share, please visit the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Data Protection Register on https://ico.org.uk/esdwebpages/search and enter ZA080547 or go to our school via link https://ico.org.uk/esdwebpages/search
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 General Data Protection Regulation, we will inform you whether you are required to provide certain pupil information to us or if you have a choice to do so.
Storing pupil data
We hold your education records securely in line with retention guidelines 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 destroyed securely.
There are strict controls on who can see your information. We will not share your data if you have advised us that you don’t not want it shares unless it is the only way we can make sure you stay safe, healthy or we are legally required to do so.
Who do we share pupil information with?
We will only provide personal information to an external organisation or individual for the purposes set out above or in order to help prevent; risk of harm to an individual, or if required to do so by law or under a data sharing agreement.
We routinely share pupil information with:
- schools that the pupils attend after leaving us
- our local authority
- the Department for Education (DfE)
- NHS (for inoculations, etc)
- Parents, carers and guardians
- Residential establishments (such as Safestay, Kingswood)
- Third parties, such as communication providers
Support for pupils
It may be necessary to negotiate additional support where children consistently display inappropriate behaviour. This will be done in collaboration with the SENCO, headteacher and class teacher. This may lead to referral to the Education Psychologist and the involvement of other agencies such as BASS or CAMHS.
Every year, pupils between the ages of 8 and 18 are invited to undertake a survey through Pearson’s Education which asks questions around how they feel in school; during their travel to school and whilst in the wider community. We use this data to support the specific requirements of pupils in terms of additional intervention and support with teaching and learning. It ensures a more targeted and specific approach. Trends may arise which may give consideration to additional support within the wider community.
All data shared is pseudonymised (no names included) to ensure the security of the information and is not shared with anyone other than the School and Wallsend Children's Community (WCC). WCC undertake all analysis of the data on behalf of the school and provide support on where intervention should be targeted. This work is undertaken using the School's systems and hence no data leaves the school once received back from Pearson’s. Robust processes are 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.
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 4
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 pupil information we share with the department, for the purpose of data collections, go to https://www.gov.uk/education/data-collection-and-censuses-for-schools.
To find out more about the NPD, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-pupil-database-user-guide-and-supporting-information.
The department 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 Department 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 department’s data sharing process, please visit:
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