The collection of biometric data is intended to ensure that personal information is dealt with correctly and securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. It will apply to information regardless of the way it is collected, used, recorded, stored and destroyed. This is irrespective of whether it is held in paper files or electronically.

What the law says:

1) Schools/academies and colleges must notify each parent of a pupil under the age of 18 if they wish to take and subsequently use the child’s biometric data as part of an automated biometric recognition system. The parents of a child include not only the biological mother or father (or the adoptive parents) but any other individual with parental responsibility for the child. Part 1 of the Children Act 1989 sets out who has parental responsibility and what this means. Continue reading

The new Construction (Design & Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015 are the main regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects and will come into force on 6th April 2015.

At a glance…

The new CDM Regulations will have a major impact on all domestic and commercial clients. Schools will fall under the category ‘commercial client’ and must be aware of the extra duties and obligations that will now be placed upon them.

The Regulations place responsibility for managing the health and safety of the construction project on three main duty holders: the client, the principal designer and the principal contractor. However, it is the client (the school) that has overall responsibility for the successful management of the project. 

The client must ensure that the construction project is set up so that it is carried out from start to finish in a way that adequately controls the risks to health and safety of those who may be affected.  Continue reading

A group of grammar schools have attempted to reduce the middle class bias of “good” grammar schools in the UK. The five state grammar schools, under the Foundation of the Schools of King Edward VI, have doubled their admission of disadvantaged pupils within a single year by lowering the 11-plus qualification score for children from poorer backgrounds.

In fact, 20 per cent of the highly sought after places in the grammar schools have been given to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds this September.

The lower qualifying score applies to pupils entitled to the “pupil premium”, i.e. children that have received a free school meal at some point within the last six years.

The foundation, speaking to the Independent, said: “We believe this is unprecedented in terms of selective schools nationally.” Continue reading