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cantheydothis Mon 10-Jan-11 13:48:48

Have name changed for this in case people recognise school.

DS came home the other night with his class report book. Basically one pupil is responsible for taking round to each class - and the teacher of each subject signs it to say how the form group has behaved etc.

DS is the 'monitor' for a week and then its handed on to someone else.

He showed it to me and I was really shock by some of the content. One teacher had written about one of the pupils that he is 'the most annoying child I have ever taught'. And there is reference to a child when one teacher says ' please refer to SEN'. (the pupils name is included.)

Apparently the kids all pass it amongst themselves and have a good read. Obviously I assuming they arent meant to do this - but they all know what it is - and theres nothing actually stopping them do it.

Ive told DS not to show it to anyone else in the week he has it.

Are schools really allowed to pass around info like this? It seems like it would be against data protection rules.

Partic the child who needs SEN referral - I would be angry if it was one of my children and was being discussed so publicly.

AMumInScotland Mon 10-Jan-11 14:05:54

I don't know about data protection laws on this, but it certainly sounds like very bad practice if all the children and their families are able to see this kind of information. I would take a copy of the pages you mention, and write a letter to the head teacher explaining how publicly available all this is and how you think the practice should be stopped immediately.

cantheydothis Mon 10-Jan-11 14:13:19

good idea to photocopy it

has only just started at the school this year and dont want to be seen as a trouble maker - but just dont feel comfortable with it.

prh47bridge Mon 10-Jan-11 15:36:29

If it is about the children as a group there is no problem legally, although I would still regard it as questionable. However, as this includes information about named pupils it is a clear breach of data protection rules.

If a letter to the head teacher doesn't get you anywhere, write to the governors and the LA.

cantheydothis Mon 10-Jan-11 17:00:20

yes it has a lot of detailed info about individuals.

Some of it is fairly innocuous. So eg. x was too chatty today and didnt concentrate

But some of it very personal

mummytime Mon 10-Jan-11 17:12:49

I would photocopy it and then complain to the governors (and LEA).

admission Mon 10-Jan-11 20:07:04

In many schools there is a mechanism for teachers to report back on class behaviour etc and raise issues for individual pupils but this to my knowledge has always been done away from the pupils.
For this to be being given to a pupil to transport around for a week is simply unacceptable if there are individual comments in it.
Either the teachers are using it for a purpose it was not meant for (individual comments) or the school is just not thinking about the implications of their latest brainwave!

cansu Tue 11-Jan-11 18:20:23

The teachers should only make comments about behaviour ie John was chatty and didn't complete his work. There should be no information about SEN in the book.

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