Earlier this month our Business Intelligence team carried out some work across schools to raise awareness of the new General Data Protection Regulation that comes into force in May 2018.
The team began to think about how they could help schools, and have been working hard on building a GDPR buy back package which they are expecting to be able to share a final copy of the buy back proposal to you early in the New Year in order to start the process of auditing your school.
The team are proposing their packages include some or all of the following, depending on the package chosen:
· An initial audit of the school to identify areas of non compliance and high risk
· A bespoke audit report and improvement plan
· Refresher audits to ensure compliance with the legislation which will take place every three years or more often if there is a specific need (such as a significant change in legislation)
· A suite of policies and procedures to improve data management
· Privacy notices
· Guidance on implementing ‘privacy by design’ requirements across your school
· Procedural guidance for managing Subject Access and Freedom of Information Requests to ensure legal compliance
· Specific policies, guidance and risk assessment around managing data breaches
· A designated Data Protection Officer as required by the new legislation, who will take responsibility for data protection compliance for your school
· Maintenance of a data breach log, including recording of decision making and assistance when schools need to report breaches to the ICO.
· Ongoing advice and support to deal with individual cases that are received by your school
· Stage 2 Reviews for FOI/SAR completed independently by the Council
· Access to an IT system to enable you to record, manage and report on all aspects of information governance
· Access to the council’s e-learning module on data protection (including annual refreshers)
For those schools who would like to achieve compliance independently, the team are developing a framework of basic policies and privacy notices for schools to adopt. For all schools the team intend to provide a standard retention schedule and data breach log and decision sheet, so schools are operating similar processes, as these are key areas for GDPR compliance.
If you are interested in knowing more please contact Yvonne Salvin, Complaints and Information Governance on 01582 547062 or via email email@example.com
Legal Services: Permanent Exclusion Review
Our Legal Services team are offering a new Ad hoc Service, available to non-maintained schools including Academies and other Educational Settings.
Permanent Exclusion Review Service
Parents have the right to appeal against a decision to permanently exclude. Schools and academies are required to arrange an independent panel to hear the review. This service will provide a high quality independent Exclusion Panel Service, ensuring compliance with statutory requirements.
For further information please contact Philomena Fairley, Practice Manager on 01582 547194.
Raising Standards in Reading Comprehension
2 Day CPD for teachers and literacy leaders
A new joint practice development project exploring whole school approaches and strategies. This project is designed to:
unpick and evaluate the effectiveness of current whole school practice in the teaching of comprehension
deepen knowledge and understanding of the importance of reading response and the key elements of comprehension
explore practical and creative approaches to develop pupils' comprehension strategies in the classroom
create an environment of collaborative study, professional dialogue and critical reflection
develop local tools and resources for effective whole school practice
Location: Icknield Primary School, Luton
Day 1: 4th October 2017, 9.30am-3.30pm
Day 2: 7th February 2018, 9.30am-3.30pm
For further details, please check the attached flyer, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7587 3067
Schools will benefit from ensuring that they budget for legal support so as to gain peace of mind knowing that an unexpected demand for such support can be met without having to make separate budgetary arrangements.
Menu of Early Years Consultancy and INSET Opportunities
Support can be tailored to meet the needs of your school or setting.
This may include:
A review of the quality and standards of your early years provision
Tailored INSET based on identified needs
Follow-up visits to evidence the impact of support
Coaching and mentoring for identified staff
Early Years SEF support
Support to analyse data and plan effectively
SLT support for Early Years – joint observations and moderation of assessments
TransitionPre- and post-Ofsted support
Tailored support for the Early Years lead
Some examples of training sessions are detailed in the attached documents.
Please contact Sue Thomas for further information on 01582 548197 or email Susan.Thomas@luton.gov.uk.