Blackpool Local Authority (LA) collects and uses information about children for whom it provides services, to enable it to carry out specific functions for which it is responsible, for example, to assess any special educational needs a child may have. It also uses the information to derive statistics to inform decisions on schools, assess performance and set targets for them. The statistics are used in such a way that individual children cannot be identified from them.
The LA use information about its school workforce for research and statistical purposes, and to evaluate and develop education policy and strategies. The statistics are used in such a way that individual staff cannot be identified from them. The LA may also use it to support and monitor schools regarding sickness and recruitment of staff.
We share information with the following third parties:
The public health service (PH)
They use information about pupils for research and statistical purposes, to commission local health services and monitor the performance of these, as well as evaluating and developing them. The statistics are used in such a way that individual pupils cannot be identified from them. Information on the height and weight of individual pupils may however be provided to the child and its parents and this will require PH to maintain details of pupils’ names for this purpose for a period designated by the Department of Health following the weighing and measuring process. PH may provide individual schools and LAs with aggregate information on pupils’ height and weight.
Youth support services
For pupils aged 13 years and over, the school is legally required to pass on certain information to the provider of Youth Support services in their area. This is the local authority support service for young people aged 13 to 19 in England. The school must provide the name and address of the pupil and their parents and any further information relevant to the support services' role. In addition, the date of birth of the pupil is supplied. Youth Support services pass on some of the information they collect to the Department for Education (DfE) to enable them to assess the local authorities’ performance and determine the destinations of young people after they have left compulsory education.
If you require more information about how the DfE store and use this information then please visit their website
Data may also be shared with post 16 providers to secure appropriate support on entry to post 16 provision.
Until pupils are aged 16 or older, parent(s) can ask that no information beyond their children’s name, address and date of birth (and their own name and address) be passed to the youth support services provider. This right transfers to the pupil on their 16th birthday. Pupils and/or parents will need to inform the school if this is what they wish.