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13 Common Data Protection Mistakes

What are the most important data protection issues facing your organisation? 
Could any of these common 13 #dataprotection mistakes occur in your organisation?
Mistakes relating to:
Data sharing agreementsRetention schedulesEncryption of portable devicesRemote workingTrainingPhysical securitySecure printing  Role based accessPassword requirementsFair processing informationData protection leadership -governanceFax machinesData protection policies out of date  Secondly are you are aware of and ready for EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which applies to EU member states from 25 May 2018?
The #GDPR will affect any area in which personal data is processed, but it is in relation to on-line sales, marketing and employment that businesses are likely to process most data.
The decision to leave the EU means the GDPR will not apply directly in the UK, however if #data travels from or through the #EU (web servers ?) UK business will need to meet EU standards of protection and all  UK …

Meeting the demands of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The Teaching Excellence Framework for HE comes into effect for the 2016/17 academic year.  

The higher education student cohort is becoming increasingly diverse and the traditional approaches to teaching, favoured by so many in HE are unlikely to deliver favourable TEF outcomes

All those working in Higher Education need to review their teaching practice and ask

is it really inclusive?does it engage all students?does it stretch and challenge all students?does it deliver deeper learning?does it encourage original thinking?How will students rate the quality of teaching
Most Universities will need to look for ways to revitalise and re-energise their teaching and training delivery.

Encouraging lecturers and tutors to consider how they can make their lectures, seminars and tutorials more engaging with a greater levels of differentiation and focus on stretching and challenging all students is a good starting point.

Concrew Training's workshops on and around developing Inspirational Teac…

Ofsted report on PREVENT duty implementation in Further Education

Since 18 September 2015, further education and skills providers have been placed under a legal duty to have ‘due regard’ to the risk of learners being drawn into terrorism.

On 12 July 2016, Ofsted issued a report on how well Further Education Learning Providers were meeting theses duties.

Key findings included:


The quality of staff training was ineffective in a third of the providers visited.
Thirteen providers had been slow in putting the duty into practice.
Two of the eight independent learning providers visited had not implemented any aspect of the ‘Prevent’ duty.
The quality of risk assessments and action plans to reduce the risk of radicalisation and extremism was poor in 11 of the providers. Two independent learning providers had no risk assessments in place at all. Of the other nine providers, most adopted a ‘tick-box’ approach to risk assessment rather than conducting a comprehensive evaluation of risks.
Leaders in nearly half the providers visited did not adequately protect learn…

Radicalisation - PREVENT duty for Education

The Medina suicide attacks, the Dallas police shooting, the grenade attack in Puchong, Malaysia, the rise of the dissident republicans in Northern Ireland  and even the fall out from the "burqa revolution" in Kerala show that radicalisation and terrorism present and ever increasing risk.

The recent UK referendum and the political turmoil that has followed dominates the UK news - but the threat from terrorism has not gone away.

The UK Government rate the international risk as severe, highly likely and the risk from Northern Ireland as substantial, a strong possibility.

A third of the referrals to the "Channel Programme" (an early intervention
multi- agency process designed to safeguard vulnerable people from being drawn into violent extremist or terrorist behaviour) in 2015 came from the education sector.
The Government believes schools, colleges learning providers and those working with vulnerable people are in a strong position to identify, help and support those…