Although most special schools are relatively small and often have a much higher ratio of staff to students, they are challenging environments. Such schools are good examples of how the word necessary comes into play when making decisions about data protection. Special category data, which in another setting may be locked away, might be on prominent display so that staff can react in time critical situations.
The necessity of the information does not reduce the requirement for it be managed appropriately. Special Schools need to pat great attention to the ways that they monitor the flow of personal data and ensure that it not disclosed by accident.
There is a much greater incidence of collaboration between agencies in relation to students. It is essential that the transfer of data is properly regulated and covered by agreements.
Finally we need to recognise that some settings have residential status. This brings a range of new data that needs to be recorded outside of the standard purposes of processing.