DfE GDPR guidance for schools– Friday 2 February 2018

This week I highlight the DfE’s short video providing guidance for schools on preparing for the GDPR, the publication of the Northern Powerhouse’s latest report calling for more investment for education in Northern England and the launch of the DfE’s new buying advice service for schools.

DfE GDPR Guidance for Schools
At a meeting this week myself and the Governing body watched a short video from Iain Bradley at the DfE, explaining how schools can review and improve their handling of personal data ready for the implementation of the GDPR in May. With this subject on many Governing body agendas it seemed sensible to share this with you all.

Educating the North: driving ambition across the Powerhouse
A new report, “Educating the North”, published yesterday by Northern Powerhouse Partnerships, argues there is still a significant North-South divide in education, with too many northern young people, especially those from disadvantaged homes, falling behind other parts of the UK. The report’s five main proposals are:

  • An initial £300m increase in Government funding for disadvantaged areas across the North.
  • Reforming Pupil Premium to better target funding for disadvantage by allocating more to pupils who spend longer in the free school meals eligibility category.
  • A longer-term Government commitment to Opportunity Areas and urgently addressing the lack of Opportunity Areas in the North East.
  • Simplifying the Northern Regional Schools Commissioners areas to establish three: North West, Yorkshire and North East & Cumbria, working within frameworks and plans set by the Northern Powerhouse Schools Improvement Board.
  • Every Northern business to mentor or otherwise meaningfully reach out on careers and enterprise skills to at least the same number of young people as they have employees, from the age of 11.

Launch of new buying advice service for schools
Yesterday the Government launched a new advice service for schools to help them get value for money when buying in services. Pilots of the scheme have started in the north west and south west of England, with free advice and guidance on buying services like catering, cleaning or technology support on offer.

According to the Government, the service provides expert advice, template documentation, help with “complex contracts” and market intelligence. The service also promotes local collaboration, where there is an “opportunity to reduce costs on areas such as learning resources”.