When we transferred from a tech college under the LEA to an Academy, we were told by the LEA that the data didn't belong to the Academy because it was separating from the LEA. Capita were given the job to archive the data on behalf of the local council.
However, something went wrong and the council came back to us 6 months later asking if we still had the original database. Good job we decided to keep the vdisk for w while just in case!
But technically, any requests for historical data had to go to the LEA after the date of the transfer. I should qualify this by saying that we moved to Academy status under the Labour government, so I don't know if the same situation applies to new Academies today, or whether this was just our LEA being awkward?
No, they changed the ruling on that. It caused too much hassle from what I've heard. I think the idea was they didn't want hand over historic data that could be used for commercial bases. It basically falls apart when you can't run a school without data and extract bits of data doesn't really work. SIMS at least, is all or nothing.
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