School, mentor and student policies and guidance
Statement regarding the confidentiality of material and information gathered and/or used by Institute of Education students whilst engaged in placement learning.
- students following programmes with placement learning
- placement providers for such programmes
- tutors on such programmes
It is understandably and rightly the case that students engaged in professional placements as a part of Institute of Education programmes (eg. ITE and Teaching Assistant programmes) will need to collect material that might be categorised as specific to individuals or relating to the activities of identifiable organisations and workplaces. Such organisations and workplaces might typically include early-years settings, schools, colleges and other educational settings.
For students in the Institute of Education it is expressly the case that materials such as class lists, case notes on pupils, pupil case study notes and similar information should not leave the school premises or be copied without the formal agreement of the professional managing the placement (in any case of uncertainty, the headteacher/ setting manager) – and only then if the student can guarantee security of the information and its ultimate return or destruction.
Work produced by learners in schools etc, may be incorporated in professional files and assignments only with the express permission of the placement setting and students must ensure the security of such material at all times.
Where a student needs to cite or refer to individuals or to the activities of organisations and workplaces in academic work, the student must anonymise references or seek the written permission of the relevant headteacher/ setting manager as appropriate.
By entering into partnership with the university, placement providers recognise the need for students to professionally engage with material that might be categorised as specific to individuals or relating to the activities of identifiable organisations and workplaces. This is often essential to enable appropriate training and assessment to take place. Placement providers have the right to expect that such material is kept secure and that only the student and those professionally engaged in the student’s training and assessment (eg. tutors and External Assessors / Examiners) will have sight of it. At all occasions such material / information will be kept secure and will ultimately be returned to the placement setting or destroyed.
DBS and Safeguarding
Partnership Agreement and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Student Placement and Travel Policy
Please visit our Placement Policy pages for more information.