Photos and video can be a great record of school work and events, as well as great means of communication. Both children and parents like to see themselves in action, and evidence of achievement and progress. There are rules about taking and using photos of children and young people, for example photos taken for official school use, may be covered by the Data Protection Act, so check with the school and the policy in place about the taking and sharing of images before using any images.
Before videoing or photographing students ensure you are clear about the school policies and procedures, and that parents and carers have completed relevant consent forms.
There are good practice guidelines in relation to child protection about how photos of children can be used. This includes not using the full name of the child with the photo, as well as considering the appropriateness of the photo. Caution may be needed in taking photos at sporting events, for example, during swimming events and lessons.
To find out more, check the school's data protection policy or seek advice from a mentor or member of the SLT.
The policy at your school might also specify the type of information that it is acceptable to pass onto other staff/ parents/ carers about pupils, and the ways in which such information should and should not be passed on. Ensure you are clear about what kind of information you can discuss with or share with parents or carers in emails or via other electronic channels.