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Annual grant received from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd.

We are delighted to announce defenddigitalme has been awarded a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd.
The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd makes grants for political, campaigning, or lobbying purposes that are ineligible for charitable funding. [1]
“Recognising the equal worth of every person, the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd stands for the defence of liberty, freedom of expression, freedom of conscience and freedom from all forms of oppression, be that political, religious, economic or social, seeking to bring about significant changes in the political system, making it more accountable, democratic and transparent and to rebalance power for the well-being of society.”
We are enormously grateful to the Trust.
The award of a large annual grant, is a huge boost, meaning our Director Jen Persson, can work full-time, dedicated to the aims of defenddigitalme, working for the safe, fair and transparent collection and use of pupil data across the education sector.
In particular, we continue to challenge the handling of pupil data by the Department for Education in the National Pupil Database, and to shape and support plans for better policy and practice. We will continue to oppose the use of any pupil data in immigration enforcement, and the collection of nationality data through the campaign to #BoycottSchoolCensus.
We’re also looking forward to working on and delivering a report with recommendations on children’s rights to privacy in education in the coming year, relevant to the General Data Protection Regulation and UK Data Protection Bill. This is an exciting opportunity for collaboration across a range of organisations in civil society, with specialism in different areas of human rights and child rights.
We’re grateful to the Trust for their support which will underpin these efforts.
We’re also grateful to all our volunteers, to fellow campaigners, and other supporters. We continue to need and appreciate your time, involvement, expertise, talents, energy, and encouragement.
Given some of the current poor practice in England open to legal challenge as well as policy improvement, there is great opportunity for improvement in many areas of children’s rights across England.
It’s an exciting year ahead to make a difference, and we need all the help we can get.

[1] See the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd website for more information about the Trust.
[2] defenddigitalme is registered, with company number 10768509 at Companies House as a company limited by guarantee with charitable objects.