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Julian

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LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) Compliance

Posted by Julian on 28 November 2018

We are proud to announce MySchool is now compliant with the popular LTI (learning tools interoperability) standard, developed by IMS Global and supported by nearly 500 leaders in ed-tech including Google, Clever, Microsoft, Moodle, Pearson and many other educational institutions and universities.

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Topics: Certification, General, Featured

The GDPR and school suppliers

Posted by Julian on 01 November 2017

As a controller, your school is responsible for the security and processing of all personal data you collect. This responsibility extends to the data you share with any third parties such as your suppliers. If one of your suppliers falls foul of the GDPR and the data you shared with them is compromised, the data protection authority may come knocking on your door. Although this may seem a little onerous, there is clear guidance on how to responsibly protect the data you share and how to legally protect yourselves.

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Topics: Featured, GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation

MySchool update version 1.5

Posted by Julian on 04 October 2017

 We're excited to launch an overhauled timetable configuration tool with version 1.5 of MySchool.

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Topics: Featured, MySchool App Updates

GDPR - The Data Protection Officer

Posted by Julian on 31 July 2017

The appointment of a data protection officer is one of the more daunting requirements of the GDPR. The concept of the DPO has been around for a long time and a number of countries in the EU have had the requirement in place for a number of years, most notably, Sweden and Germany. The GDPR now makes this appointment mandatory across the EU regardless of the size of the organisation though there are other criteria that determine whether a DPO is required. Before we get in to the criteria, I'll cut to the chase: schools will almost certainly need a DPO.

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Topics: GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation, Featured

GDPR Awareness. What you should do right now.

Posted by Julian on 27 April 2017

The thing about the GDPR is that it's not going away and it's not going to pass by silently on May 25th 2018. It's designed to make everyone sit up and take notice.

The truth is, current data protection action tends to be more reactive than proactive. The GDPR is designed to make the data controller, in this case schools, fully responsible for managing their students', staffs' and parents' data and to actively prove they comply with the regulation

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Topics: GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation, Featured

School Management Software to help bring your school community together

Posted by Julian on 17 April 2017

Why use MySchool school management software to run your school? Let's take a look from a few different stakeholder perspectives and show you how MySchool can be the glue that helps binds the school community.

School Administrators

Communication through MySchool is powerful.

It's as simple as selecting a class, year or the entire school and clicking 'send' to deliver emails, questionnaires and SMS messages. You can also create custom groups of parents, staff, teachers and students in just a few clicks.

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Topics: General, Featured

Unpacking Personal Data under the GDPR

Posted by Julian on 28 March 2017

The GDPR defines personal data as:

"... any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person ('data subject'); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person;"

Article 5 Principles relating to processing of personal data

To be clear, the 'data' element of 'personal data' refers to recorded information that is, or is intended, to be stored and processed electronically as part of a filing system.

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Topics: GDPR, Featured, Security & Privacy

Consent in the GDPR

Posted by Julian on 06 March 2017


Consent is not a new concept and has been a core part of data protection & privacy laws for decades. However the GDPR raises the bar considerably on 'conditions for processing' personal data.

Simply put, 'consent' means obtaining clear permission to hold and process a person's data for a specific use. Although it is already required, practices such as 'opt out' have become common-place, e.g.  pre-ticked checkboxes to receive marketing material, making it more of an assumption of consent rather than explicit permission. The GDPR is far more explicit about what constitutes consent and aims to entirely remove this kind of deception.

Article 7 GDPR Conditions for consent

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Topics: GDPR, Privacy

EU GDPR Summary for Schools

Posted by Julian on 01 February 2017

You may be wondering why we need new privacy laws.  As it stands, data privacy laws vary from country to country within the EU, with little harmonisation. This causes confusion, reduces trust and ultimately undermines the effectiveness of data privacy laws. The GDPR is intended as a 'one-stop-shop' bringing with it a high level of alignment across the European Union. This of course also makes it far easier to administer and enforce.

The following are the key elements of the GDPR. We'll be going into the details of each one of these in future blog posts. If you're not already subscribed, you can get email alerts as soon as we publish new articles.

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Topics: Privacy, GDPR, Featured

The true value of school management software

Posted by Julian on 19 January 2017

Like all tools, the real value comes from not what they can potentially do but what you actually do with them. This is particularly true of school management software which can bring significant efficiencies to school administration. The problem is that these systems generally have an overwhelming amount of functionality that can end up unused or worse, completely misused, eroding the value of your investment.

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Topics: General, Support, Security & Privacy, Featured