Management of personal information and data is extremely important and schools in particular need to know how to safeguard the information they have. Each school should ideally have a nominated individual who has a working knowledge of information rights and records management linked to an understanding of the systems used. All staff should be provided with guidance on confidentiality of personal information, preferably linked to school policies.
Pupils attending any type of school have a right of access under the Data Protection Act 1998 to their own information. This is known as the right of subject access. When a child cannot act for themselves or the child gives permission, parents will be able to access this information on their behalf.
If the child attends a maintained school, parents have an independent right of access to their child’s educational record, under separate education regulations.
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