New GDPR Schools Toolkit from the DfE – Friday 27 April 2018

This week I report on the DfE’s publication of a GDPR Schools toolkit, changes to Ofsted inspection timeframes and information on the new Reception Baseline assessment that will be implemented in all primary schools by the end of 2020.

New DfE GDPR Schools Toolkit
Guidance to support schools with data protection activity, including compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was published by the DfE this week.  The guidance will help schools develop policies and processes for data management, from collecting and handling the data through to the ability to respond quickly and appropriately to data breaches.

Changes to Ofsted inspection timeframes
Ofsted has announced changes to its inspection timeframes to give regional directors greater discretion about the date of re-inspection. This will allow them to reflect the circumstances and progress of the schools in question.  From this term:

  • schools previously judged ‘good’ will now receive a short inspection approximately every four years rather than every three years
  • schools judged ‘requires improvement’, ‘serious weaknesses’ or ‘special measures’ will be re-inspected within 30 months (previously the timeframes were 30, 18 and 24 months respectively) while monitoring inspections will continue as before

The Section 8 and Section 5 Inspection Handbooks have been updated and a new Inspection Framework is expected in September 2019.

Reception Baseline Assessment
The DfE recently announced that the new Reception Baseline Assessment, designed to allow for a progress measure from the start to the end of primary school, will be designed and delivered by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

The new baseline assessment, which will be implemented in all primary schools by the end of 2020, is described as “a twenty minute, teacher-recorded assessment of children’s communication, language, literacy and early mathematics skills”. There will be no requirement to prepare for the test and in time it will replace the statutory tests that pupils currently sit at the end of Key Stage 1.

The new progress measures will not apply to first schools, as they will be responsible for evidencing progress based on their own assessment information.