GDPR and schools

UPDATE 19/07/2017: 

GDPR becomes enforceable on 25th May 2018 – Training Opportunity

The new data protection regulation has already been enacted. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is enforceable from May 25th, and significantly changes the rules for how organisations handle personal data. This includes schools, Local Authorities and Multi-Academy Trusts.

It’s the strictest compliance regulation to date, with far tighter controls and significantly higher penalties.

Scomis is working with Groupcall ,an educational data security and identity management expert, who has  designed a training course specifically to help schools come to terms with, and prepare for, the compliance challenges of GDPR.

These instructor-led one-day sessions will help you understand GDPR, its impact and requirements, the steps you need to take to ensure you (and your suppliers) are compliant, as well as workshop sessions to help you apply the theory to your own organisation.

If you are interested in attending one of the training sessions near you, charged at £195 per delegate, please register your interest and save the date.


You will hopefully be aware of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in May 2018. It is designed to protect personal data held, with improved rights to individuals regarding the data held on them and its associated processing as well as other measures. It will affect all educational establishments in the UK and builds on the existing DPA (Data Protection Act) practices.

There are some significant changes, and even if you comply with the existing DPA, things will need to be carried out differently – schools are still the legal ‘data controller’ of all the data they hold. As has been widely reported, there are greater financial penalties for non-compliance.

The time to act is now to ensure new processes can be embedded – next steps are:

• Get familiar with the ICO (Information Commission’s Office) ‘12 steps to take now’ PDF document
• The Information Governance (IG) team at Devon County Council are working on a statement for Devon schools (Autumn Term)
• Scomis will be providing further updates and general guidance via our usual channels

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