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Data Protection Policy

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Community Learning in Partnership (CLIP) is committed to a policy of protecting the rights and privacy of individuals, including learners, staff and others, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) May 2018. The new regulatory environment demands higher transparency and accountability in how organisations manage and use personal data. It also accords new and stronger rights for individuals to understand and control that use. The GDPR contains provisions that CLIP will need to be aware of as data controllers, including provisions intended to enhance the protection of student’s personal data.

CLIP needs to process certain information about its staff, students, parents and guardians and other individuals with whom it has a relationship for various purposes such as, but not limited to: 

1.    The recruitment and payment of staff; 

2.    The administration of programmes of study and courses; 

3.    Student enrolment;

4.    Examinations and external accreditation;

5.    Recording student progress, attendance and conduct; 

6.    Collecting fees;

7.    Complying with legal obligations to funding bodies and government including local government.

To comply with various legal obligations, including the obligations imposed on it by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) CLIP must ensure that all this information about individuals is collected and used fairly, stored safely and securely, and not disclosed to any third party unlawfully. 



This policy applies to all staff and students of CLIP. Any breach of this policy or of the Regulation itself will be considered an offence and CLIP’s disciplinary procedures will be invoked. As a matter of best practice, other agencies and individuals working with CLIP and who have access to personal information, will be expected to read and comply with this policy. It is expected that staff members who are responsible for dealing with external bodies will take the responsibility for ensuring that such bodies sign a contract which among other things will include an agreement to abide by this policy. This policy will be updated as necessary to reflect best practice in data management, security and control and to ensure compliance with any changes or amendments to the GDPR and other relevant legislation. 


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 

This piece of legislation comes in to force on the 25 May 2018. The GDPR regulates the processing of personal data, and protects the rights and privacy of all living individuals (including children), for example by giving all individuals who are the subject of personal data a general right of access to the personal data which relates to them. Individuals can exercise the right to gain access to their information by means of a ‘subject access request’. Personal data is information relating to an individual and may be in hard or soft copy (paper/manual files; electronic records; photographs; CCTV images), and may include facts or opinions about a person. The GDPR also sets out specific rights for students in relation to educational records held within the state education system. These rights are set out in separate education regulations ‘The Education (Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2000’. For more detailed information on these Regulations see the Data Protection Data Sharing Code of Practice (DPCoP) from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). 

Responsibilities under the GDPR CLIP will be the ‘data controller’ under the terms of the legislation – this means it is ultimately responsible for controlling the use and processing of the personal data. The Chief Executive holds the role of the Data Protection Officer (DPO), who is available to address any concerns regarding the data held by CLIP and how it is processed, held and used. The Chief Executive is responsible for all day-to-day data protection matters, and will be responsible for ensuring that all members of staff and relevant individuals abide by this policy, and for developing and encouraging good information handling within CLIP. Details of CLIP’s notification can be found on the Office of the Information Commissioner’s website. Our data registration number is:.Z1884686.

Compliance with the legislation is the personal responsibility of all members of CLIP who process personal information. Individuals who provide personal data to CLIP  are responsible for ensuring that the information is accurate and up-to-date. 


Data Protection Principles

The legislation places a responsibility on every data controlled to process any personal data in accordance with the eight principles. 

In order to comply with its obligations, CLIP undertakes to adhere to the 8 principles:

1.    Process personal data fairly and lawfully.  

Those responsible for processing personal data must make reasonable efforts to ensure that staff/learners are informed of the purpose(s) of the processing, any disclosures to third parties that are envisaged and an indication of the period for which the data will be kept.

2.    Process the data for the specific and lawful purpose for which it collected that data and not further process the data in a manner incompatible with this purpose.

CLIP will ensure that the reason for which it collected the data originally is the only reason for which it processes those data, unless the individual is informed of any additional processing before it takes place

3.    Ensure that the data is adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purpose for which it is processed.

It is the tutor and learner’s responsibility to update, as required.  CLIP staff (reception, tutor, data input officer, as applicable) must ensure that learners’ names are spelt accurately and consistently on all records.

4.    Keep personal data accurate and, where necessary, up to date.

Staff must ensure that the completion of the ILR (Individual Learner Record) or enrolment form is complete (all possible questions answered) and accurate, to the best their ability. This could include completing a withdrawal form or completion details, as required, when the learner leaves the course.  The ILR is a legal and auditable document.  Inaccurate completion could imply or involve fraud and could amount to serious misconduct.

5.    Only keep personal data for as long as is necessary.

Data should be archived in a timely fashion as soon as possible and is the responsibility of the tutor to secure data or return it to the central administration office, as applicable.  The Chief Executive should inform admin staff of the length of archive, which should be for the minimum possible.  Currently, these are:

•       EFA (16-18) – ILRs for 3 years

•       SFA (19+) – ILRs for 3 years

•       ESF programmes – ILRs and other contractual evidence for 12 years.

However, these are current guides and contracts should be consulted to confirm.

CLIP will dispose of any personal data in a way that protects the rights and privacy of the individual concerned (e.g. secure electronic deletion, shredding and disposal of hard copy files as confidential waste). A log will be kept of the records destroyed.


6.    Process personal data in accordance with the rights of the data subject under the legislation.


Individuals have various rights under the legislation including a right to:

•       Be told the nature of the information CLIP holds and any parties to whom this may be disclosed. 

•       Prevent processing likely to cause damage or distress. 

•       Prevent processing for purposes of direct marketing. 

•       Be informed about the mechanics of any automated decision taking process that will significantly affect them. 

•       Not have significant decisions that will affect them taken solely by automated process. 

•       Sue for compensation if they suffer damage by any contravention of the legislation. 

•       Take action to rectify, block, erase or destroy inaccurate data. 

•       Request that the Office of the Information Commissioner assess whether any provision of the Act has been contravened.

CLIP will seek permission from learners and other users to use data to support funding claims (permission required or learner cannot be enrolled), for customer feedback research by CLIP or funders (learner can refuse permission) or for CLIP to keep learners/others informed about future courses (permission can be refused).  CLIP will never share data with other third parties eg. for marketing purposes.

7.    Put appropriate technical and organisational measures in place against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data, and against accidental loss or destruction of data.

All members of staff are responsible for ensuring that any personal data which they hold is kept securely and not disclosed to any unauthorised third parties. 

CLIP will ensure that all personal data is accessible only to those who have a valid reason for using it. 

CLIP will have in place appropriate security measures e.g. ensuring that hard copy personal data is kept in lockable filing cabinets/cupboards with controlled access (with the keys then held securely in a key cabinet with controlled access): 

•       Keeping all personal data in a lockable cabinet with key-controlled access. 

•       All personal data kept on a CLIP database must be password-protected.  Data held by CLIP will not be searched by employees for personal reasons nor shared externally.

•       Archiving personal data which are then kept securely (lockable cabinet). 

•       Placing any PCs or terminals, CCTV camera screens etc. that show personal data so that they are not visible except to authorised staff. 

•       Ensuring that PC screens are not left unattended without a password protected screen-saver being used.

In addition, CLIP will put in place appropriate measures for the deletion of personal data

- manual records will be shredded or disposed of as ‘confidential waste’ and appropriate contract terms will be put in place with any third parties undertaking this work. Hard drives of redundant PCs will be wiped clean before disposal or if that is not possible, destroyed physically. A log will be kept of the records destroyed. This policy also applies to staff and students who process personal data ‘off-site’, e.g. when working at home, and in circumstances additional care must be taken regarding the security of the data.

8.    Ensure that no personal data is transferred to a country or a territory outside the European Economic Area (EEA) unless that country or territory ensures adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data.

CLIP will not transfer data to such territories without the explicit consent of the individual. This also applies to publishing information on the Internet - because transfer of data can include placing data on a website that can be accessed from outside the EEA -so CLIP will always seek the consent of individuals before placing any personal data (including photographs) on its website.


Consent as a basis for processing 

Although it is not always necessary to gain consent from individuals before processing their data, it is often the best way to ensure that data is collected and processed in an open and transparent manner. 

Consent is especially important when CLIP is processing any sensitive data, as defined by the legislation. 

CLIP understands consent to mean that the individual has been fully informed of the intended processing and has signified their agreement (e.g. via the enrolment form) whilst being of a sound mind and without having any undue influence exerted upon them. Consent obtained on the basis of misleading information will not be a valid basis for processing. Consent cannot be inferred from the non-response to a communication. 

Personal Details 

For the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679 you consent to CLIP holding and processing personal data including sensitive personal data of which you are the subject, details of which are specified in the CLIP’s data protection policy. 

This will include marketing images and the CCTV.” 

CLIP will ensure that any forms used to gather data on an individual will contain a statement (fair collection statement) explaining the use of that data, how the data may be disclosed and also indicate whether or not the individual needs to consent to the processing. 

CLIP will include the specified statement from the DfE on the student enrolment form and update when required following the ESFA’s technical guidance: 

How We Use Your Personal Information 

This privacy notice is issued by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Department of Education (DfE). It is to inform learners how their personal information will be used by the DfE, the ESFA (an executive agency of the DfE) and any successor bodies to these organisations. For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, the DfE is the data controller for personal data processed by the ESFA. Your personal information is used by the DfE to exercise its functions and to meet its statutory responsibilities, including under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 and to create and maintain a unique learner number (ULN) and a personal learning record (PLR). 

Your information may be shared with third parties for education, training, employment and well-being related purposes, including for research. This will only take place where the law allows it and the sharing is in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998. 

The English European Social Fund (ESF) Managing Authority (or agents acting on its behalf) may contact you in order for them to carry out research and evaluation to inform the effectiveness of training.

You can opt out of contact for other purposes by ticking any of the following boxes if you do not wish to be contacted: 

  • About courses or learning opportunities. 
  •  For surveys and research. 
  • By post. 
  • By phone.  
  • By email. 

Further information about use of and access to your personal data, and details of organisations with whom we regularly share data are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/esfa-privacy-notice

CLIP will ensure that if the individual does not give his/her consent for the processing, and there is no other lawful basis on which to process the data, then steps will be taken to ensure that processing of that data does not take place.


Subject Access Rights (SARs) 

Individuals have a right to access any personal data relating to them which are held CLIP.

Any individual wishing to exercise this right should apply in writing to the Chief Executive.

Any member of staff receiving a SAR should forward this to the Chief Executive. CLIP reserves the right to charge a fee for data subject access requests (currently £20). Under the terms of the legislation, any such requests must be complied with within 40 days. 


Disclosure of Data 

Only disclosures which have been notified under the CLIP’s Data Protection notification must be made and therefore staff and students should exercise caution when asked to disclose personal data held on another individual or third party. 

CLIP undertakes not to disclose personal data to unauthorised third parties, including family members, friends, government bodies and in some circumstances, the police. 

Legitimate disclosures may occur in the following instances: 

•       the individual has given their consent to the disclosure;

•       the disclosure has been notified to the OIC and is in the legitimate interests of CLIP;     The disclosure is required for the performance of a contract.


Publication of CLIP Information 

CLIP publishes various items which will include some personal data, e.g. 

•       event information

•       photos and information in marketing materials

It may be that in some circumstances an individual wishes their data processed for such reasons to be kept confidential, or restricted CLIP access only. Therefore it is CLIP policy to offer an opportunity to opt-out of the publication of such when collecting the information. 



There are some CCTV systems operating within CLIP for the purpose of protecting CLIP members and property. CLIP will only process personal data obtained by the CCTV system in a manner which ensures compliance with the legislation.

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