GDPR support for schools

Are you ready for GDPR?

A new Data Protection Officer (DPO) service

The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018 comes with new challenges for schools and academies, particularly in relation to data storage and policy development, as well as schools needing to put in place new internal processes to ensure and demonstrate compliance with the regulation.

Each school is required to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) to take responsibility for monitoring and advising on data protection compliance within the school or academy.

To help you implement and manage the challenging GDPR changes coming into force in May 2018… WES Legal Service has designed a NEW Data Protection Officer Service to give you peace of mind that your DPO responsibilities are taken care of by data protection specialists working within our legal team.

The new service will:

  • Help you plan for these changes to ensure you are in the best position for when GDPR becomes law on 25th May 2018.
  • Provide model policies for data protection, subject access requests, freedom of information and privacy notices.
  • Support your school in its role as a data controller and data processor, providing advice on data protection within the school.
  • Conduct a Data Protection Audit and Policy Review during the first year of the service.
  • Ensure that data protection training is available for all staff.
  • Support with conducting Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA’s) where these are necessary.
  • Monitor compliance with the GDPR and other data protection laws.
  • Support the school in maintaining comprehensive records of all data processing activities.
  • When required, communicate with data subjects and parents regarding data being stored and used.
  • Review internal detecting, reporting and investigation procedures are in place for personal data breaches and notifications to the ICO to avoid administrative fines of up to €20m.

For more information please refer to our detailed Service Specification on the WES website.
To discuss a tailored package, please contact Mark Randell on (01926) 412174.
For support, please call the Schools Legal Hotline on (01926) 412361.

The Department for Education (DfE) also provide access to template Privacy Notices which are available here. These templates provide suggested text for the different types of privacy notices that you are most likely to require.

GDPR support for schools was last updated on April 5, 2018.


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