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Changes to data protection law

May 2018

Dear parent/carer,

Changes to data protection law

You may be aware that from 25th May 2018, the rules around data protection are changing. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will change how personal data can be used and how it must be kept safe. The GDPR also strengthens your rights over your own data.

The Prince Albert Community Trust has always been committed to ensuring that personal and sensitive information about yourselves and your children stays safe, and whilst the GDPR is similar to the current Data Protection Act in many ways, there are a few differences, so we need to make a few changes in order to ensure we remain compliant.

One of these changes is that we have updated our privacy notice. Please find it here. You can also view our privacy notices and policies on our website www.the-pact.co.uk.  You can also find more information on the GDPR and your rights in our latest Online Safety Update Newsletter.

We already seek consent from you for the use of photographs or videos of your children, and as part of our work to comply with the GDPR we would like to take this opportunity to remind you that you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. To do so, please contact the school office and ask for a pupil consent form and return the completed form to the school office.

If you have any questions about how the GDPR affects you, or how the PACT and our schools are preparing, you can contact us by emailing dpo@princealbert.bham.sch.uk or please contact the school office.

Yours faithfully,

Miss Jones
Data Protection Officer
Prince Albert Community Trust

Online Safety Update: Issue 20

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Our latest Prince Albert Community Trust Online Safety Update newsletter is out now!

Produced on a half termly basis to keep you up-to-date with Online Safety news, new ICT initiatives and ways in which you can help to keep your family safe both online and when using emerging technology.

We hope you enjoy reading 'Issue 20: May 2018' online now.

In this issue we look at the General Data Protection Regulation - the biggest shake-up to data-privacy law for 20 years.  The GDPR applies from the 25th May 2018.  We also take a look at what parents need to know about Fortnite: Battle Royale.

If you have a concern regarding your child's use of the internet at home or in school, you can speak to one of our Online Safety Leads for support and advice. See your child's school website for further details.

Online Safety Update: Issue 19

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Our latest Prince Albert Community Trust Online Safety Update newsletter is out now!

Produced on a half termly basis to keep you up-to-date with Online Safety news, new ICT initiatives and ways in which you can help to keep your family safe both online and when using emerging technology.

We hope you enjoy reading 'Issue 19: February 2018' online now.

In this issue we look at how we celebrated Safer Internet Day 2018 as part of our PACT Online Safety Week.

If you have a concern regarding your child's use of the internet at home or in school, you can speak to one of our Online Safety Leads for support and advice. See your child's school website for further details.

Online Safety Update: Issue 18

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Our latest Prince Albert Community Trust Online Safety Update newsletter is out now!

Produced on a half termly basis to keep you up-to-date with Online Safety news, new ICT initiatives and ways in which you can help to keep your family safe both online and when using emerging technology.

We hope you enjoy reading 'Issue 18: December 2017' online now.

In this issue we look at the safety and security of connected toys and our 10 top tips for staying safe online this Christmas.

If you have a concern regarding your child's use of the internet at home or in school, you can speak to one of our Online Safety Leads for support and advice. See your child's school website for further details.

Birmingham measles cases prompt MMR vaccination call

People in Birmingham are being encouraged to check that they, their children and teenagers have had two doses of MMR vaccine following confirmation of cases of measles within the city.

Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands is working with Birmingham City Council and local NHS partners to make sure that anyone in the city who needs an MMR vaccination is aware, following confirmed cases of measles in children in Birmingham. Most of the recent cases had not received the required two doses of MMR vaccine.

If children and young adults have missed these vaccinations in the past, it’s important to take up the vaccine now from GPs, particularly in light of the recent cases in Birmingham.

Parents should check their child’s Red Book to see if they’ve received MMR vaccinations as scheduled, or check with their GP surgery if they are unsure.

Measles symptoms to be aware of include:

• high fever

• sore, red, watery eyes

• coughing

• aching and feeling generally unwell

• a blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears after the initial symptoms.

Digital Leaders

dl badgeAcross the Prince Albert Community Trust, we are currently in the process of recruiting 2 Digital Leaders in each year group.

Their role will be to support children and staff in school with the use of digital technologies, both in using them effectively, and using them safely. Throughout the year, the Digital Leaders will also support with parent workshops and Online Safety Days.

The deadline for applications is Friday 1st December 2017.

Find out more

PACT Online Safety Day - Tuesday 21st November 2017

Our first PACT Online Safety Day of the new academic year will be taking place on Tuesday 21st November 2017 across all of our schools.

The day will include:

  • EYFS looking at the story of Digi-Duck and how to be a good online friend.
  • Key Stage 1 will be looking at safe searching online and will be producing a range of media such as videos, comic strips and recipes with instructions on how to keep safe online by searching safely.
  • Key Stage 2 will also be looking at safe searching online, alongside topics such as reporting concerns, copyright and plagiarism, as well as the importance of citing/referencing sources of information, photographs, etc. They will be producing a range of media such as raps, songs and adverts. They will also use their knowledge and skills to safely and effectively research their current Learning for Life topics, for example, Year 5 will be looking at Ancient Egypt.

We will also be running events for parents at each of our schools throughout the week.  Following feedback from parents and teachers, these workshops will focus on:

  • Children playing age restricted games – what do the age ratings mean?
  • Child friendly search engines – how can I keep my child safe when searching?

During the workshops, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice on topics surrounding the age restriction of games, films and websites.  

Our Parent Workshops will be running as follows:-

  • For Prince Albert Primary School Parents: Monday 20th November 2017 3:00-3:30pm
  • For Highfield J&I School Parents: Tuesday 21st November 2017 3:00-3:30pm
  • For Heathfield Primary School Parents: Wednesday 22nd November 2017 2:45-3:15pm

This is a fantastic opportunity to ask for advice, put your mind at ease or just enquire as to what you can do to keep your child safe online at home.  We look forward to seeing you there!