For the attention of all primary and special schools. Headteacher/Principal, Chair of Governor, Business Manager/Bursar, Core Subject Leaders, Assessment Leaders, Phase Leaders - FOR ACTION/INFORMATION.
This letter advises primary schools of the programme of professional development events designed to support schools in teaching and assessing reading, writing and mathematics to improve outcomes at the end of EYFS, Key Stages 1 and 2.
New Starter Form
The New Starter form has been revised to include bespoke fields and new section for apprenticeships.
This means Payroll will have the detail required to populate an apprentices contract of employment and so they can ensure schools do not pay employer NI contributions for those apprentices who are under 25.
Schools should ensure they delete any copies of the old form they hold and start using the new form with immediate effect.
Click here to see the revised form.
WSSfS GDPR Toolkit
The completed data map is now available in our GDPR (general Data Protection Regulations) ‘tool kit’ on the WSSfS at the following link:
Having a data map charting the flow of data through your school is one of the GDPR requirements. We felt that there was so much in common amongst schools in terms of their processing of personal data that it would be useful to prepare a complete and comprehensive data map to be adopted in part or in its entirety.
This work has been led and undertaken by a group of primary and secondary schools with support from legal services. We are extremely grateful to the schools involved.
If you wish to adopt the data map please check it to ensure it sufficiently, in broad terms, describes the flow of personal data through your school. The phrase ‘broad terms’ is key and you need not be too detailed about the entries and there maybe gaps in the template which can be considered in due course. You may decide not to adopt all entries and to add others, although it is highly likely that the map will be sufficient for your purposes.
You will see that the purpose for most of the processing within schools is described as a ‘public task’ one of the lawful bases for processing and the most relevant for schools. There are a number of columns designed for future use as and when compliance checks are undertaken. Tabs 1 and 2 map data within school and tab 3 maps the sharing of data with other organisations and third parties.
The map you create or adopt is likely to be a working document which you amend as and when appropriate. It will form the basis for compliance checks in future.
Please also note that we have updated the FAQ’s in the ‘tool kit’. We would be grateful if, before contacting the legal service’s help line for advice, you would quickly check whether our FAQ’s answer your question.
Young Carers and Transitions
For the attention of the Headteacher/Principal, Designated safeguarding Leads (DSL), Schools Nurses and Pastoral Care Leads - FOR ACTION/INFORMATION.
This letter reminds schools of the learning resource ‘Identifying and Supporting Young Carers in School’ which is aimed at raising teachers and pupils’ awareness of young carers.
Primary Headteacher Briefings - Autumn Term 2019
For the attention of the Headteacher/Principal, Chair of Governors - FOR ACTION/MEETING
This letters provides the dates and agenda for the autumn term Primary Headteacher Briefings.
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