Monaghan Education Centre Data Protection Update May 2018

A new data protection regulation, GDPR, is coming into force on May 25th 2018. It applies to organisations that are based in the EU.

Monaghan Education Centre is sending out an e-mail to schools to outline our approach to maintaining continued contact and to make clear to all Monaghan Education Centre service users what their data rights are with respect to knowing:

a) what data Monaghan Education Centre collects on its service users;

b) what Monaghan Education Centre does with user data; and

c) how to obtain a census of what data Monaghan Education Centre holds on you as a service user.

The answers to these questions are straightforward:

a) Monaghan Education Centre holds no information on its service users other than that which was given on school contact databases or participant contact forms (name, address, institution, title, e-mail address, participant role etc); that which service users voluntarily put on their Education Centre website user account; information given to us on Expense Claims (expense details, bank paying-in details, and receipts); e-mails and correspondence; details of financial transactions made, for example course fee payments taken, and grants paid out to individuals or schools.

b) This limited amount of data that Monaghan Education Centre holds is only used for the following purposes: for having an up-to-date list of schools, event bookings, attendance rolls, course and project participants; for sending out communications, and staying in touch with schools, tutors and account users; for keeping track of who has paid course fees, when, and how much has been paid; for compliance with the Charity Regulator’s or Department of Education & Skills’ requests for information and legally-binding accounting purposes (e.g. knowing to whom Monaghan Education Centre has paid grants and expenses, when, and how much has been paid); e-mail addresses and contacts necessary for administering and carrying out Monaghan Education Centre projects and centre business.

c) If any Monaghan Education Centre service user would like further clarification on what data are kept on them personally, or, moreover, if any service user would simply like us to delete and dispose of any information we have on them, you can get in touch with the Centre at any time using the following e-mail address: info@metc.ie (please note, that Monaghan Education Centre will process such a request within legal parameters within 30 days).

Finally, please note that Monaghan Education Centre payments received as part of course fees are handled by third party banking websites, so we do not have any members’ PayPal/credit/debit card details at all; nor does Monaghan Education Centre analyse the cookie information that may be gathered on our website, nor do we sell any information on, nor do we give any information we have to third parties unless legally obliged to do so or unless the Education Centre network has a working relationship with relevant organisations for the provision of courses and projects. For specific courses or projects operated in collaboration with relevant organisation, such as support services, the Health & Safety Authority or Arts organisations, the collaborative partner is identifiable at the outset. Monaghan Education Centre protects the devices such data are stored upon, and is obligated to report to its service users any data breaches perpetrated.

David Mc Cague (Director)

School Excellence Fund Digital and STEM Programmes

Following on from the opening event for participating teachers in the School Excellence Fund Digital and STEM programmes, the templates referred to are now available on the PDST Technology in Education website at http://www.pdsttechnologyineducation.ie/en/Good-Practice/Projects/Clusters/

Please note, submission of the Project 3 Year Plan is urgently required – by May 22nd, in order to proceed to project sign off – this document is attached so that work can progress on this as soon as possible.

Projects are also reminded to return the budget submission template previously provided as soon as possible.

Substitution cover for the day should be submitted as: Professional Development 3 – PDST Technology in Education.

 

PDST Primary Language Curriculum 2018/19

I would like to inform you, that as per circular 61/2015 and associated clarification letter, there will be no national roll-out of Primary Language Seminars in the coming academic year.

The 2018/19 year will instead involve teachers implementing and embedding the Primary Language Curriculum (PLC) from Junior Infants to Second Class. To allow schools time to engage in this process, ‘an additional planning day to assist the implementation of the Primary Language Curriculum’ has been sanctioned by the Department for the coming academic year. (Circular 16/2018) This closure will be school-based and therefore will be organised by the school themselves. Further clarification on this school closure is due to be issued from DES to schools shortly.

If schools require further support as they continue to implement the PLC in the 2018/19 academic year, they can apply for PDST support in the following ways:

(i) School Support: Schools can apply online to receive an advisor visit to support them in the areas of both Literacy and/or Gaeilge. Applications for support will open on 1st June 2018 on http://www.pdst.ie/schoolsupport. (School support typically involves one advisor visit, depending on advisor capacity.)

(ii) Sustained Support: Schools can alternatively apply online for sustained support, a model which involves receiving multiple visits from an advisor over the course of the academic year. Schools need to complete an application form to apply for this model of support and they can apply for support in both Literacy and/or Gaeilge. Sustained support applications will also open on 1st June 2018 on http://www.pdst.ie/schoolsupport.

(iii) Evening Workshops: A variety of evening workshops for Literacy and Gaeilge will be made available in Education Centres as per usual.

2018 Summer Courses available for booking from 9am on Wednesday 2nd May

Click HERE to register and book