Our overall campaign aim is to make every use of children’s data in education in England, safe, fair and transparent. You can help us with donations. You can volunteer to help us. The more support we have, the more we can do and the more of a difference we can make.

There are some specific things we want to see:

  • The National Pupil Database access must move to safe settings for all research uses.
  • The Department for Education will stop giving out identifiable data to commercial third-parties and press without consent.
  • The Department for Education will tell every individual what is done with their data, and enable families to find out where their data goes, and make corrections.
  • Every use of pupil data should be transparent and open to public scrutiny.
  • We support the Against Borders for Children #BoycottSchoolCensus campaign to refuse retract and resist the collection of nationality and country of birth data and every use of pupil data for immigration enforcement purposes.

Professor Philip Alston, the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights recently reported into the UK. In his report, he noted in comments about the recent welfare reforms, that he “wonders why some of the most vulnerable and those with poor digital literacy had to go first in what amounts to a nationwide digital experiment.”  No one has yet posed the same question in our education system, but it is just as true. England is already using a vast range of predictive technologies and cameras in the classroom, linking data from education across other data about children from the public sector, as well as the widespread adoption of invasive web surveillance software. Our children’s data privacy rights in schools, have been ignored in the last ten years as the use of edTech has grown. It is overdue significant challenge. A task we want to take on in 2019.

To see each of our campaign areas follow the link on each one.

Opting Out of Your Personal Learner Record — Age 14+

My Records My Rights — Subject Access Rights in the National Pupil Database

The National Pupil Database: safe, fair and transparent pupil data — Age 2-37

Nationality data: School Census 2016 expansion — Age 5 – 19

One of the biggest risks of the release of identifying pupil data, is that children will need a secure digital identity for their future life transactions and interactions. All these releases of personal data increases the risk of Jigsaw Identification; the ability to identify someone by using two or more different pieces of information from two or more sources.