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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Expert help to ease your GDPR worries

Upcoming changes to the data protection rules mean a raft of new obligations for the storing and management of data. The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) have a particular focus on data held on children and young people, which means schools are under pressure to ensure they are compliant. There are stringent fines for organisations who don’t meet the new standards; fines will be levied in accordance with the size of the organisation and the severity of the issue. Whilst schools may not be liable for fines in the hundreds of thousands of pounds like large corporate offenders, the nature of the data means that the ICO is likely to prove a tough moderator and could result in a fine and poor publicity for the school.

We’re not trying to scare anyone with this update – the rules are important and significant but from what we know of the schools we work with, very few will have any significant issues. The challenge, however, is that organisations are not only required to comply with the rules but also provide clear evidence that this is the case. At JSPC, we’re experts on technology and can provide support on how to keep your data secure, for example, or solutions for responding to data access or deletion requests, but these rules are as much about processes as technology.

This is why we’ve partnered with a specialist company, GDPR.co.uk to help schools take control and manage their own compliance. The online tool allows you to assess all aspects of current procedure and available technology and will not only highlight where action needs to be taken, but also provide confirmation of where current processes meet the required guidelines. Once you’ve identified any gaps, it’s easier to take action on the key priorities before the rules come into force in May 2018.

The new GDPR is a significant piece of legislation, brought in to reflect the changes to the way data is used and stored due to rapid technological change. We recommend the GDPR.co.uk tool because it will help you ensure compliance but also it will promote best practice across the school. Rather than seeing the new rules as a burden, it can be an opportunity to streamline processes, bolster security and provide processes which not only ensure compliance, but also support better communications with teachers, pupils and parents.

Contact us to find out more about how we can help with your school’s journey from GDPR uncertainty to full compliance.

JSPC shortlisted for Employer of the Year in the FSB Awards

We were delighted to have been shortlisted for Employer of the Year in the upcoming Federation of Small Business (FSB) Awards. To be on the shortlist for any award is, of course, a great honour, but in this case we’re particularly pleased because it recognises our strong commitment to teamwork. Businesses need great people to achieve any success, and we believe the people at JSPC are amongst the best!

Valuing our team means that we invest in training – not only does that mean that they’re all up to date on the latest legal requirements for schools and technical solutions but also everyone is constantly learning, keeping each role new and fresh with plenty of opportunities for the future. In addition, we also have team building days to make sure everyone works well together and each individuals’ skills is valued as part of the team.

Every single member of our 25-strong team is integral to the great service we provide to schools across the region. We genuinely feel like this nomination is a reflection of just how much we value our team, and how much great work they all do for schools every day.

The awards take place on 6th March 2018 at Sandown Park Racecourse, and we’re looking forward to the event. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for the final result but either way, we feel that as an employer, we definitely have a team worth celebrating.

Staying safe online this Safer Internet Day

The Internet has introduced us all to a new world of entertainment, education, communication and much more besides. Sharing information has never been easier, which has its advantages and disadvantages, particularly for young people who can be encouraged to behave in a way they never would face to face.

It is vital that young people are given the tools to avoid these situations as much as possible and be aware of the correct way to respond should they encounter anything suspicious online.

With this in mind, this Safer Internet Day, we have collated some important tips to help you and your children stay safe online.

· Never give out personal information such as your address or phone number

· Never send pictures of yourself to anyone

· Don’t open emails or attachments from people you don’t know

· Don’t become online ‘friends’ with people you don’t know

· Never arrange to meet someone in person who you’ve met online

· If anything you see or read online worries you, tell someone about it

For more information on staying safe online visit www.saferinternet.org.uk or if you have a question for JSPC, email it to questions@jspc.co.uk.

Crowdfunding for technology upgrade at Camelsdale School

We always work closely with schools on getting as much as possible for their budget. Our work with Camelsdale School is a great example of a school making the most of the available funds and finding creative solutions to balance the books.

The school was looking to replace several old whiteboards that were long overdue an upgrade with the latest Clevertouch Plus interactive screens. Their first port of call was to apply for an Aviva Community Award but although they secured an impressive 20,000 votes, they missed out on the prize. They were, however, awarded £500 and that gave them enough motivation to keep going and launch a crowdfunding project. The crowdfunding, which started in February when Valentine’s Day brought out the generosity in the school’s parents and supporters, was also supported by the tireless efforts of the PTA.

The campaign gained momentum; the school raised enough for six of the seven screens, in part thanks to a single large donation from an anonymous donor inspired by the school’s efforts. The Community Partnership then secured the funds for the last screen from a local community grant.

It was inspiring to work with the school, not only for their great enthusiasm but also, they had a clear knowledge and understanding of how technology benefits the classroom.

Having worked so hard to raise the money for the new resources, we did all we could to make the transition as smooth as possible, removing the now obsolete white boards, transferring resources and installing the new Clevertouch Plus screens.

It was a great project to be a part of, we’re proud to have helped Camelsdale School. If there are any teachers out there who have been inspired and are thinking of crowdfunding, we’re always happy to help with the best value technology for schools.