GDPR and schools

First off, GDPR what? Well for those that aren’t aware of this legislation as yet, in a nutshell

From 25th May 2018, the Data Protection Act (DPA) will be replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – meaning that the way you manage all data and information within your school will change.

OK, so what does that really mean? Schools currently generate a wealth of information, the rules of this collection and storage of data are governed by the DPA and (hopefully) most schools already have a policy in place to adhere to this and are registered with the ICO (you can check here). So, at least we’ve got a starting point.

Whilst some of the changes are tightening up current regulations, there is an increased number of opportunities to fall foul of them and increased penalties if you do so. It’s worth noting that we have seen Ofsted involved in breaches of the DPA – we would have no reason to think that this will not continue to happen when the GDPR comes into effect. There are a few unexpected consequences too of the new legislation – such as you now need a formal contract with an accredited IT recycling service provider for disposal of old ‘data bearing’ kit, but on the whole, it’s about tightening up data security, who has access to that data and how it is used.

There are a few things you can do now with one eye on the future regulations. As a starting point, the ICO has produced a ‘12 steps to take now‘ guide – available here – which, as you would guess, gives a good platform to start the process from.

As always, please contact us or comment below if you need any more information

We have just completed our summer CPD overview.

We are particularly looking forward to our new Digital Leaders workshops. The aim of these workshops are to develop pupils, giving them the opportunity to embed further in depth skills and knowledge using such programs as Scratch2, blogging and animation, which they in turn will be able to share their knowledge alongside the class teacher.

We are also working in partnership with the Bolton CAS team and JTRS hosting a free workshop using of LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 in creating inspiring and outstanding computing lessons for KS2 pupils.

For more details Click here

Please use the Bolton SICT Gateway to book your places. If you do have any problems booking, do not hesitate to contact us either via email contact@sict.bolton.gov.uk  or at the office on 33 2034. 

Congratulations to Oxford Grove Primary School

When BoltonSICT first started to support Oxford Grove Primary School,  the head teacher Nadine Harvey said that one of her aims for the schools was to develop the use of IT through the school, to enhance teaching and learning, with a long term view of achieving the ICT Mark.

The ICT Mark is awarded to schools with good use of technology to support teaching, learning and school administration. Deservedly popular with schools wanting to demonstrate both effective and mature use of technology. Schools use this award to drive change and many are, or go on to be, outstanding.

Our unit is proud to have played their part in supporting the whole school on their journey of development. This has included infrastructure review, teaching and learning model lessons and observations, feedback from staff, parents and more importantly pupils.

After a rigorous assessment process, school are please to announce that they were successful in their application and were awarded the ICT Mark last week!

The video below show the highlights from the showcase tour of technology used across the whole school.

Well Done from all at SICT!

Highlights from our Computing subject leader day

We had a busy day planned, updates on our SLAs, after school club provision and education days. Discussed the launch of our new digital leaders workshops and in a Teach Meet style we share what works well, which included Class Dojo, code it, hour of hour minecraft resource.

We had Henry Platten from eCadets showing the delegates how eCadets can support schools in developing digital leaders support their online safety provision.

In the afternoon we had hands on workshops using Minecraft and looked at how it can enhance learning and the new InOBot from TTS . IMG_2177

Computer Science with Reception children from Holy Infants

 

Can you watch this video & not say ‘ahhh’ ?

Highlights from todays school visit. We were working with the reception class, we had a fun packed afternoon, a carousel of computing activities.

We used direction cards to plan the route for our BlueBots, we logged on to Purplemash and used 2Go, we used Kodable and BlueBot app and we had great fun with the remote control cars.

We think the adults had as much fun as the children!

 

And our winners are…

This is the third year Online Safety competition ran for our Bolton schools linked to #SID17

This year’s Safer Internet Day (SID) celebrations took place on Tuesday, 7 February 2017. With a theme of “Be the change: Unite for a better internet”

This year we have specific categories – Media, Art & DT and coding. Each year the quality and range of entries continues to surprise us.

Our judging panel (no one from the curriculum team!) had an extremely hard decision – Ashleigh our new finance manager wanted to give every school a prize!

Our winners of this year Online Safety Competition:

Media category Eagley Junior School

Art & DT category – St Peters Smithills Dean

Coding – Oxford Grove Primary School

 

Well Done and Thank you

to all the schools that supported this year competition, save the date for next year 6th February 2018

 

Ready Steady Go! #racingmilo

What a great finish to a very busy week, year2 from St Joseph’s RC primary came for a Lego Day.

In the morning we built Milo the Robot, we added an object sensor so he would not bump into anything, but the very best bit was having races! Sometimes we would count down and not all of our Milos set off, we worked together checking our programs and then tried again – this is called debugging in computing terms!

You can see in the video below our races were great fun.

We had to break Milo up, ready for our new robot after lunch. Our challenge after lunch was to build a robot that could pull different objects, we did find that after some testing we had to swap the wheels over to rubber ones as this meant they could put heavier objects.

We all agreed we had a great day and a lot better than spelling test Friday!!

We would love to hear your comments if you attended this trip.

An afternoon of computer science when BoltonSICT visited Holy Infants

What a great afternoon BoltonSICT had at Holy Infants this week working with their Year1s

A carousel of activities was planned, the aim being to develop the pupils programming skills.

We used Purplemash and  software 2Go, we used two free apps Kodable & BlueBot. The children said they thought they were playing games , but the apps were a little tricky in places. To help practice left & right, using the remote control cars helped some groups made really complex pathways for their cars! The BlueBot app was used to focus the children on a particular coding focus – BeeBot had to land on a given end square – that was not always the case!

We all agreed that we learnt lots & had lots of fun as well!

Brownlow Fold yr3s travel back in time

bfStand back everyone!

Be prepare for year3 bloggers at Brownlow Fold.

Today saw the children using their class blog for the first time – they shared their topic learning all about the Egyptians they particularly like the mummification process!

They can not  wait to share their very best writing with the whole wide world. Can you leave a comment of encouragement?

 

Online Safety & Scratch2 @Queensbridge

We were asked to go into Queensbridge to work with their year6’s, looking at how to use scratch to begin to program their multiple choice online safety quizzes. As it was Safer Internet Day #SID17  part of the morning session was use to plan possible question and discuss answers.

Hopefully some of these will be finished in time to enter our competition.

Good Luck

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