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Connect-Up Support Services GDPR Preperations.

The upcoming changes to the data privacy law are very extensive and daunting to schools.  Connect-Up has continued its approach of producing informed briefings, toolkit focused training courses and hands-on practical workshops, in order to provide the skills your school will need to meet these new complicated and legal requirements from May 2018.

Part of the process that all schools should be doing is to check that companies who process data on your behalf are making the same preparation efforts for the new law that you in school are making.  The majority of companies are simply adding details to their websites (Connect-up are doing this as well) but this requires you to actively search for these.  Connect-Up is trying to make to process simpler by contacting you directly with our standard processor letter which explains the steps we take when processing any from you in a legal and secure manner.  Please click the link below for a copy of our letter.

Connect-Up Processor Letter

Don’t forget that the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on the 25th of May and that we offer a wide range of training and consultancy on data protection to our schools including

All Staff Briefings

SLT Briefings

Data Lead / Chief Privacy Officer Training

Gatekeepers Training

Progress Check / GAP Analysis Consultancy

If you would like to request further information or discuss your school’s data compliance, please feel free to contact me.

Kindest regards
Peter Brookes
School Compliance Advisor/Statutory Consultant
Connect-Up Support Services

School Census Autumn 2018

Updated 24/04/2018 at 11:05 – Nationality and Country of Birth

Please note that Nationality and Country of Birth will be included in School Census for the last time in School Census Summer 2018 and will not be included in School Census Autumn 2018

We have agreed with the DfE the following way forward.

  1. Remove the tags and data from School Census 2018/19 return xml files.
  2. Remove the columns for this data from our School Census 2018/19 detail reports.
  3. Keep the existing functionality for recording this data in place.
  4. Ensure in a future release that this data can be completely removed to satisfy any GDPR requirements.
  5. Stay in line with the DfE specifications for CTF 18 so that this data is automatically exported and imported, but in a future release allow a school choice regarding import of this data.

The DfE has not yet made its final decision regarding inclusion of Proficiency in English for the Spring Census.

Updated 24/04/2018 at 10:10 – 9 Alternative Provision Placement Items

The DfE have informed us that the following data items are being removed from the baselined specification for School Census 2018/19.

  • Date of entry to the alternative provision placement
  • Primary reason for the alternative provision placement
  • URN for the alternative provision placement
  • UKPRN for the alternative provision placement
  • Type of setting for the alternative provision placement
  • Association for the alternative provision placement
  • Attendance pattern for the alternative provision placement
  • Sessions per week for the alternative provision placement
  • Date of leaving for the alternative provision placement

The DfE have no current plans for these items to be included in a future School Census.

We have agreed with the DfE the following way forward.

  1. Leave our new Alternative Provision data entry and storage functionality in place for the SIMS 7 Summer Release 2018, but with no further development.  This functionality may be removed for a future release, once we have had time to gauge its usefulness to customers
  2. Include this data in the XML Return file where it has been entered by schools, on the understanding that it will be deleted by the DfE on upload to COLLECT.
  3. The DfE to remove the 17 validation rules relating to these data items.
  4. The DfE to remove the reporting of these data item from its summary report.

If a school is considering making use of the Alternative Provision Placements functionality, they should take into account the following guidance from the DfE.

There is no requirement from the department for this data to be collected or held with school management information systems.

Should schools decide to collect, process or retain data on alternative provision placements for their own purposes, a lawful basis for this processing must be identified by the school, as outlined in the GDPR articles 6 and 9. See the link below for further guidance from the ICO concerning lawful bases for processing:

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/lawful-basis-for-processing/#ib3

  • Added 06/04/2018 at 17:20 – EYPPE renamed EYPPR 

The DfE has acknowledge that, at the point that they collect EYPP data in the Census, the EYPP funding has already been allocated to schools.  With this in mind, the DfE has changed the current EYPPE (Early Years Pupil Premium Eligibility) label to EYPPR (Early Years Pupil Premium Received).

The DfE does not expect this to change the two year old’s reported for this field, but it should avoid some confusion.  The reporting of the Reason for Eligibility in the Census will continue as previously.

Added 05/04/2018 at 14:50 – Waste of Resources 

Please note that we have informed the DfE of the quite large amount of resources we have wasted in providing functionality for the dozen items the DfE is removing from their specification.  Those resource could have been spent on enhancing other aspects of SIMS to benefit customers.  We have asked for an agenda item at the next DfE suppliers meeting where we can look at how we can ensure that this doesn’t happen again.

Added 05/04/2018 at 11:00 – 9 Alternative Provision Placement Items 

The DfE have informed us that the following data items are being removed from the baselined specification for School Census 2018/19.

  • Date of entry to the alternative provision placement
  • Primary reason for the alternative provision placement
  • URN for the alternative provision placement
  • UKPRN for the alternative provision placement
  • Type of setting for the alternative provision placement
  • Association for the alternative provision placement
  • Attendance pattern for the alternative provision placement
  • Sessions per week for the alternative provision placement
  • Date of leaving for the alternative provision placement

The DfE have no current plans for these items to be included in a future School Census.

We have agreed with the DfE the following way forward.

  1. Leave our new Alternative Provision data entry and storage functionality in place for the SIMS 7 Summer Release 2018, but with no further development.  This functionality may be removed for a future release, once we have had time to gauge its usefulness to customers
  2. Include this data in the XML Return file where it has been entered by schools, on the understanding that it will be deleted by the DfE on upload to COLLECT.
  3. The DfE to remove the 17 validation rules relating to these data items.
  4. The DfE to remove the reporting of these data item from its summary report.

Added 26/03/2018 at 18:30 – Significant Changes to the DfE Specification 

The DfE has contacted suppliers to warn us of significant changes to the baselined specification for School Census in 2018/19.  With this in mind I have withdrawn my School Census Autumn 2018 Overview presentation.  Some of you will know that we expected some late changes to the DfE specification, but we now understand that these changes are likely to be more extensive than we expected.  We should be able to provide more details of the changes next week.

Added 22/03/2018 at 20:35 – Attendance Code ‘E’  

This is just a reminder that the DfE definition of Attendance Code ‘E’ is ‘Authorised absence as pupil is excluded, with no alternative provision made’ and therefore should not be used for sessions where an alternative provision has been arranged for the pupil.

Added 30/01/2018 at 12:00 – UAT (User Acceptance Testing) Workshop for School Census Autumn 2018 and SWC (School Workforce Census) 2018 

Our UAT workshop will take place in our Bedford office on Wednesday the 2nd May, starting at 10am in the morning and finishing around 3pm in the afternoon.  This workshops provides customers with an opportunity to test the changes we have made to the software for School Census Autumn 2018 and SWC 2018 and is not a suitable event for colleagues who need general training in these areas.

You can apply to take part in the workshop via My Account.  We recommend early application as places at the event are likely to be taken up quickly.

Added 19/12/2017 at 14:25 – Post-16 Learning Aims 

The following is not a change to the specification for Learning Aims, but you may find it helpful to know that there will be an amendment to the QN list to take account of the following ‘bands’ of technical level work placements.

   Substantial work placement    Number of hours in placement 
   Band 1    315 to 329
   Band 2    330 to 344
   Band 3    345 to 359
   Band 4    360 to 374
   Band 5    375 to 389
   Band 6    390 to 404
   Band 7    405 to 419
   Band 8    420 to 434
   Band 9    435 to 449
   Band 10    450 to 464
   Band 11    465 to 479
   Band 12    480 to 494
   Band 13    495 plus

Added 19/12/2017 at 14:00 – Service Child indicator 

From School Census Autumn 2018 onwards, Service Child indicator will be collected in all three School Censuses each year, rather then just in School Census Spring.

Added 19/12/2017 at 13:55 – Special Educational Needs (SEN) Status (DfE refer to this as SEN Provision) 

The SEN Status of “Statement” (code “S”) has been removed, as it is discontinued from the 1st April 2018.

 

Updated 22/11/2017 at 14:35 – Expected change to the post-16 aspects of the Census

The only change we are now expecting for the post-16 aspects of School Census is an extension to the list of QNs available to schools.

Secondary School End of Year Procedures 2018

This document describes the steps that should be followed to enable a
successful transition from one academic year to another. It includes the
creation of a new academic year, setting up next year’s registration groups
and year groups, etc. together with the promotion of pupil/students from one
year into the next.

Secondary School End of Year Detailed Procedures 2018

Secondary School End of Year Summary 2018

It is applicable to Secondary school SIMS users. Primary school users should
refer to the Primary School End of Year Procedures 2018

Primary School End of Year Procedures 2018

This document describes the steps that should be followed to enable a
successful transition from one academic year to another. It includes the
creation of a new academic year, setting up next year’s registration groups
and year groups, etc. together with the promotion of pupil/students from one
year into the next.

Primary School End of Year Detailed Procedures 2018

Primary School End of Year Summary Procedures 2018  

It is applicable to Primary school SIMS users. Secondary school users should
refer to the Secondary School End of Year Procedures 2018

Attendance Code for Snow Closures

Attendance Code for Snow Closures

If your school has had to close due to the ongoing bad weather then we would recommend that you use the exceptional circumstance code (Code Y) in SIMS Attendance.

For further guidance on your attendance code requirements please see the Guidance and Advice on School Attendance Updated August 2013 handbook, P13.

Code Y: Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances

  • This code can be used where a pupil is unable to attend because:
  • The school site, or part of it, is closed due to an unavoidable cause; or
  • The transport provided by the school or a local authority is not available and where the pupil’s home is not within walking distance; or
  • A local or national emergency has resulted in widespread disruption to travel which has prevented the pupil from attending school.
  • This code can also be used where a pupil is unable to attend because:
  • The pupil is in custody; detained for a period of less than four months. If the school has evidence from the place of custody that the pupil is attending educational activities then they can record those sessions as code B (present at an approved educational activity).

This code is collected in the School Census for statistical purposes.

Quoted from the dfe School attendance Statutory guidance and departmental advice, August 2013 

To fill in the following information access Focus | Attendance |  Exceptional Circumstances

  • When on this screen click the NEW button.
  • Ensure your date range is set for only the sessions your school was closed (be very careful you don’t select the whole term, if you did this you could wipe out all of your attendance data!)
  • Select the group type you wish to apply the Y code too – for example, “Whole School” or a specific reg group for a partial closure.
  • Select the Y Code from the drop-down list at the bottom of the screen
  • Enter a description such as “School closed due to bad weather”
  • Click the  APPLY button, these codes will the be applied in attendance.

Kind Regards
Sims Support Team
Connect-Up Support Services
T: 0113 2105008