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Jen Persson


Jen is Director of defenddigitalme and campaigns for safe, fair, and transparent use of 23 million children’s school records in the National Pupil Database, and across the education sector in England. Prior to this, she worked in global data projects, designing functional processes for regulatory, security, language, and system user needs, and supporting change management and training. In 2018 defenddigitalme published The State of Data 2018 Report: Lessons for Policy Makers. A review of children’s privacy and data protection in state education in England, with a view to the UK Data Protection Bill and General Data Protection Regulation.

Join this interactive discussion session to increase confidence and clarity on using pupil data in teaching and curriculum delivery, assessment, benchmarking, everyday administration, and research. Chatham House rules will apply.

  • There’s new laws in place this year on data protection under the UK Data Protection Act 2018 and under GDPR. But are you confident how and when you can share data safely, and when you cannot? What does the new law require regards children’s data privacy and key child rights and how do they fit into your data policies?
  • Whether teachers, wider school staff, in local authorities, researchers or other users, the sector needs clarity, consistency and confidence in pupil data handling. With all the recent changes, myths abound.
  • In this open discussion we will share highlights of the new laws that may affect you most, share common questions and problems, and aim to cut through the confusion and leave you better informed for local practice. Our aim is to make sure all data are safe and lawful, fair and transparent, across the education sector in England, and wider UK.
  • Do you know how your school census data are used by third parties? Bring your questions on benchmarking, how your pupil data are collected or used, linking with other datasets, apps, school information management systems, biometrics, CCTV, or the new national data model in place at the Department for Education and more.