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GDPR - posting student names in Bulletin

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by MrMcMillanREvis, Oct 7, 2019.


Do you publish student's success on your website (with names)

  1. Yes

  2. Yes - with consent

  3. No

  1. MrMcMillanREvis

    MrMcMillanREvis New commenter

    A parent has queried whether we should be publishing student names in the school bulletin (which gets posted on our website).

    We have started a weekly list along the lines of "this week's certificate winners are..." and then listing approx 5-10 names (first name and surname and tutor group).

    We have a policy that means we need consent if we were to post photos of students online, but have never had someone query whether we should post student names online.

    Anyone got any thoughts?
  2. welshwales

    welshwales Occasional commenter

    We tend to put Yr group and first name only for that reason...
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  3. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Most schools seem to be going with first name only, or first name and surname initial. Although you might not have any pupils at the moment who need particular protection (eg due to custody or domestic violence issues), better to have the policy before it's needed. Besides, not everyone will want these lists turning up when new friends at uni google their names.
  4. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    Just get consent as part of all the other consents you need - we had one form that covered it all eg photos, etc. We used to only publish first name and year group.
  5. banjouk

    banjouk Occasional commenter

    If it was just a list on names then GDPR wouldn't apply. However, when you add the information that they are a winner of 'X' the combination does become a breech unless you have sought permission to disclose that information before hand.
  6. aypi

    aypi Senior commenter

    I pointed this out at my school a while ago. There are no pupil names on the bulletin. There is no need for them anyway.
  7. aypi

    aypi Senior commenter

    And dump the bullshyt certificates while you are at it.
  8. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    We publish their successes in a newsletter but only first names are used, sometimes with surname initial if needed and sometimes with year group.

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