Children and young persons privacy notice

Your personal data

The categories of child and young person's information that we process include:

  • personal identifiers and contacts (such as name, unique pupil number, contact details and address)

  • characteristics (such as ethnicity, language, and free school meal eligibility)

  • safeguarding information (such as court orders and professional involvement)

  • special educational needs (including the needs and ranking)

  • medical and administration (such as doctors information, child health, dental health, allergies, medication and dietary requirements)

  • attendance (such as sessions attended, number of absences, absence reasons and any previous schools attended)

  • assessment and attainment (such as key stage 1 and phonics results, post 16 courses enrolled for and any relevant results)

  • behavioural information (such as exclusions and any relevant alternative provision put in place)

Why we collect and use child and young person's information

The personal data collected is essential, for the local authority to fulfil their official functions and meet legal requirements.

We use child and young person's data to:

  1. enable us to carry out specific functions for which we are responsible

  2. derive statistics which inform decisions such as the funding of schools

  3. assess performance and to set targets for schools

  4. to meet the statutory duties placed upon us by the Department for Education

The lawful basis on which we use this information

We collect and use this information under the Data Protection Act 1998 and from 25 May 2018 under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). An example would be school census information which is collected under the Education Act 1996.

Collecting child and young person's information

We collect child and young person's data information via a Common Transfer File (CTF) or secure file transfers from schools.

Children and young person's data is essential for the local authority's operational use. Whilst the majority of personal information you provide to us is mandatory, some of it is requested on a voluntary basis. In order to comply with the data protection legislation, we will inform you at the point of collection, whether you are required to provide certain personal information to us or if you have a choice in this and we will tell you what you need to do if you do not want to share this information with us..

Storing child and young person's data

We hold pupil data securely for the set amount of time shown in our data retention schedule. For more information on our data retention schedule and how we keep your data safe, please visit  pdf icon Bury Council's information retention policy for Children's Records [229kb]

Who we share child and young person's information with

We routinely share pupil information with:

  • youth support services (pupils aged 13 plus)

  • the Department for Education (DfE)

  • The National Health Service (NHS)

Why we regularly share child and young person's information

We do not share information about our children and young people with anyone without consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so.

NHS (National Health Service) All local authorities as part of a national programme share basic information securely when a child is known to social services and is a Looked After Child or on a Child Protection Plan, if that child attends an NHS unscheduled care setting, such as an emergency department or a minor injury unit:

This means that health and social care staff have a more complete picture of a child's interactions with health and social care services. This enables them to provide better care and earlier interventions for children who are considered vulnerable and at risk

More information can be obtained from Digital NHS - Child protection: Information sharing project

Education and training

We hold information about young people living in our area, including about their education and training history. This is to support the provision of their education up to the age of 20 (and beyond this age for those with a special educational need or disability). Under parts 1 and 2 of the Education and Skills Act 2008, education institutions and other public bodies (including the Department for Education (DfE), police, probation and health services) may pass information to us to help us to support these provisions.

Youth support services

Pupils aged 13 plus

Once our pupils reach the age of 13, we also pass pupil information to the provider of youth support services as they have responsibilities in relation to the education or training of 13 to 19 year olds under section 507B of the Education Act 1996.

This enables them to provide services as follows:

  • youth support services
  • careers advisers
  • post 16 education and training providers

A parent or guardian can object to any information in addition to their child's name, address and date of birth being passed to the provider of youth support services by informing us. This right is transferred to the child/pupil once they reach the age of 16.

Data is securely transferred to the youth support service via encrypted e-mails, National Client Caseload Information System (NCCIS) and our departmental databases e.g. admissions data and is stored in the Core plus Integrated Youth Support Service Data base (Core plus) and held for two years after their 20th birthday or their 25th birthday if they have special educational needs (SEND).

For more information about services for young people, please visit Education and careers for 14 to 19 year olds

Department for Education

The Department for Education (Dfe) collects personal data from educational settings and local authorities via various statutory data collections. We are required to share information about our children and young people with the Department for Education (DfE) for the purpose of those data collections, under:

Section 3 of the Education (Information about individual pupils) (England) regulations 2013.

All data is transferred securely and held by DfE under a combination of software and hardware controls which meet the the current government security policy framework

For more information, please see 'How Government uses your data' section.

Requesting access to your personal data

Under data protection legislation, parents and pupils have the right to request access to information about them that we hold. To make a request for your personal information, or be given access to your child's educational record, go to the contact area..

Depending on the lawful basis above, you may also have the right to:

  • object to processing of personal data that is likely to cause, or is causing, damage or distress

  • prevent processing for the purpose of direct marketing

  • object to decisions being taken by automated means

  • in certain circumstances, have inaccurate personal data rectified, blocked, erased or destroyed; and

  • a right to seek redress, either through the ICO, or through the courts

If you have a concern or complaint about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, you should raise your concern with us in the first instance or directly to the Information Commissioner's Office at  Information Commissioner's Office - Make a complaint.

For further information on how to request access to personal information held centrally by DfE, please see the 'How Government uses your data' section of this notice.

Withdrawal of consent and the right to lodge a complaint

Where we are processing your personal data with your consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent. If you change your mind, or you are unhappy with our use of your personal data, please let us know by using the contact area..

Contact

If you would like to discuss anything in this privacy notice, please go to the contact area.

How Government uses your data

The pupil data that we lawfully share with the DfE through data collections:

  • underpins school funding, which is calculated based upon the numbers of children and their characteristics in each school.
  • informs 'short term' education policy monitoring and school accountability and intervention (for example, school GCSE results or Pupil Progress measures).
  • supports 'longer term' research and monitoring of educational policy. (for example how certain subject choices go on to affect education or earnings beyond school)

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 Gov.uk - Data collection and censuses for schools

The National Pupil Database (NPD)

Much of the data about pupils in England goes on to be held in 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.

To find out more about the NPD, go to  Gov.uk - How to access Department for Education data extracts 

Sharing by the Department

The law allows the Department to share pupils' personal data with certain third parties, including:

  • schools
  • local authorities
  • researchers
  • organisations connected with promoting the education or wellbeing of children in England
  • other government departments and agencies
  • organisations fighting or identifying crime

For more information about the Department's NPD data sharing process, please visit: Gov.uk - Data protection: how we share pupil and workforce data

Organisations fighting or identifying crime may use their legal powers to contact DfE to request access to individual level information relevant to detecting that crime. Whilst numbers fluctuate slightly over time, DfE typically supplies data on around 600 pupils per year to the Home Office and roughly one per year to the Police.

For information about which organisations the Department has provided pupil information, (and for which project) or to access a monthly breakdown of data share volumes with Home Office and the Police please visit Gov.uk - DfE external data shares

How to find out what personal information DfE hold about you

Under the terms of the Data Protection Act 2018, you are entitled to ask the Department:

  • if they are processing your personal data
  • for a description of the data they hold about you
  • the reasons they're holding it and any recipient it may be disclosed to
  • for a copy of your personal data and any details of its source

If you want to see the personal data held about you by the Department, you should make a 'subject access request'. Further information on how to do this can be found within Gov.uk - Personal information charter

To contact DfE: Gov.uk - Contact the Department for Education (DfE).

Contact for Privacy