Outsail - 01793 978785 | Frequently asked questions

1. Data Protection example questions are: Is it legal to film children? Do I need parental
permission? What happens if someone objects?
a) Using video for the purposes of teacher training and development is fully approved by the Information Commissioners Office
(ICO – the body responsible for data protection).

b) It is legal for schools to film children in the classroom for the purposes of training and development as long as they follow the ICO
guidelines. Notice signs must be posted.
c) Parental permission is required if the video is to be used outside the school boundaries. However it is good practice for schools to
inform parents as part of the induction process.
d) Parents have the right to ask to see the video footage of their children and can refuse permission if the video is to be used outside
the school boundaries. However if the School is following the DP guidelines then they have the right to use video systems for
the purposes of training and development.
e) More information can be found at the ICO web site.
2. Can Outsail video systems be used for multiple purposes? eg. for security and teacher training?
a) Yes, as long as each purpose is separately justified and is “reasonable and proportionate”. See the ICO guidelines on the web site.
3. Price. Can’t afford it. Haven’t got the Budget
a) Not all rooms need to be installed. Installations into each type of classroom or key subject areas or one per department/faculty are often employed.
b) You could employ a mix of Fixed and Mobile systems to obtain excellent results.
c) Leasing can help with financial constraints. We can also be creative with rental – for example if the school budget does not allow
the equipment to be installed until the new Budget year – we can tailor the rent to reflect this.
4. Teachers and Unions are generally concerned that the school will use the footage for performance
management.
a) Our “Cameras in Classrooms” policy document clearly lays out the acceptable use and purpose of the cameras, including a clause that states video will not be used for disciplinary purposes unless it is with the consent of the teacher. We can provide examples of this policy document.
b) In most cases the system user will manage and control the system and decide what and when to film (this is also an ICO guideline)
c) We can provide many reference sites that have gone through the same issues, and have found that teachers, pupils and parents support the use of video.
5. How long to install?
a) Fixed – About one day per classroom. We can fit around the timetable. 5 classrooms can be done in 4 days. We will complete a site survey before installation.
b) Mobile – no installation time at all.

6. Networking questions for Fixed
a)  Our engineers cable the cameras and audio for each classroom back to the local computer which is placed in each classroom.
b) Audio and Video is then available in real time, or as a recording, to all users within the school network that have the appropriate level of password.
c) This architecture provides a very responsive system and reduces the strain on the school network – high definition cameras have heavy data and bandwidth requirements.
d) Video is stored on the system and uploaded to the server located at the school or cloud based.