Data Protection and Freedom of Information

Data Protection

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Educational Records (Scotland) Regulations 2003.

Parents/Carers have the right to access their child’s educational records under the terms of The Pupils’ Educational Records (Scotland) Regulations 2003.

Definition of Parent

‘Parent’ is widely defined and includes carer, any person liable to maintain the child or young person, or who has care of the child or young person etc. This means that the unmarried father, who does not have automatic parental rights in relation to the child’s or young person’s welfare, does have rights in relation to the child’s or young person’s education and this includes the right to make a request to access the child’s or young person’s Educational Records.

Definition of an Educational Record

An educational record means any record of information, excluding information contained in a Co-ordinated Support Plan, which:

• are processed by or on behalf of the authority;

• relate to any person who is or has been a pupil at the school;

• relate to the school education of that person; and

• originated from or supplied by a teacher; any other employee of the responsible body, the child or young person to whom the information relates; or a parent/carer of that child or young person

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