Data protection and Ofsted regulations

Egress Software Technologies is announcing the adoption of its email and file encryption services by Stanhope Primary School. As part of an information security initiative across the London Borough of Ealing, the school uses Egress Switch Secure Email and Egress Switch Secure File Transfer to communicate sensitive pupil data securely with a range of external third parties, including local authorities, Ofsted and parents.

Jatinder Dhaliwal, Senior School Business Manager for Stanhope Primary School, explains: "Schools are responsible not only for pupils' education, but for their emotional and physical wellbeing as well. This involves working with an extensive network of external third parties made up of government departments and bodies, as well as health and social care providers, and parents and guardians. In addition, schools are required to supply sensitive information to governing bodies in order to facilitate performance assessments."

Increasingly, schools are taking advantage of the cost and efficiency benefits of electronic communication mechanisms, such as email and file transfer, to share confidential pupil data, including contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information, characteristics (such as ethnicity group), special educational needs, and any relevant medical information. Recognising the need to encrypt and control this information in line with the data protection regulations, Stanhope Primary School adopted Switch Secure Email and Switch Secure File Transfer.

Dhaliwal continues: "Under the Data Protection Act, the ICO can fine schools up to £500,000 for a data breach, while in Ofsted's 'Inspecting e-safety', schools are advised to use encryption when sharing confidential information. As staff at Stanhope Primary School had previously used Switch to communicate with our local authority, the London Borough of Ealing, we chose Switch as a secure yet simple-to-use mechanism to ensure compliance.

"Both Switch Secure Email and Switch Secure File transfer integrate seamlessly with Microsoft Outlook to provide one-click solutions, meaning the school’s staff do not need to learn how to use a new system. In addition, as the services offer real-time audit and control functionality, the school can maintain visibility over shared information at all times and even, if necessary, restrict access for individual recipients."

Kelly McCann, UK Sales Manager at Egress, comments: "By adopting Switch Secure Email and Switch Secure File Transfer, Stanhope Primary School have demonstrated their commitment to safeguarding their pupils in accordance with data protection regulations. This comes as part of work we are doing alongside local authorities to increase awareness of the need for data protection in schools as part of providing all-round care for students. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Stanhope Primary School, as well as with multiple other schools throughout London and the rest of the UK, to ensure that pupil’s data can be shared securely."

Egress Software Technologies Inc. is the leading provider of hosted and on-premise encryption services, designed to secure all forms of electronic information and delivered to customers in the Public and Private Sectors using a single platform: Egress Switch.

As the first, and currently only, CESG CPA Foundation Grade certified email encryption product on the market, Switch Secure Email enables customers to share highly sensitive information over the internet, without the need to manage external third party credentials. The award-winning Switch portfolio of products also includes Secure File Transfer, Secure Web Form and the latest online collaboration offering, Secure Workspace.

Using patented key management, the platform utilises a unique community-based licensing model known as 'the Egress Trust Network' that consists of paying and free Switch subscribers, who are able to share information securely with one another using a single global identity.

About Stanhope Primary School

Stanhope Primary School is a large primary school located in the centre of Greenford, which is in the London borough of Ealing.

At Stanhope Primary School we believe in educating the whole child in a safe, stimulating and caring environment which acknowledges that all children are unique and contribute to their community. By embracing diversity in an environment which promotes mutual respect, we aim for children to develop independence and confidence in learning so that every child can achieve the best that they can, fostering an enjoyment of learning.

www.stanhopeprimaryschool.co.uk

 

     
   
   
 
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