Schools handle a significant amount of data about pupils, parents, staff and others. More people, including parents and staff, are becoming aware of the way in which the data protection legislation can be used, creating an additional administrative burden for schools. Much of this data is highly sensitive and can pose risks if it is not properly managed.
The Academies Act 2010 brought academies within the ambit of the Freedom of Information Act for the first time. This means that academies have specific duties which they must fulfil, including the necessity to have a Publication Scheme and to operate a procedure for responding to Freedom of Information Act requests which may be generated by anyone, including journalists and campaigners.
Our specialist team has considerable experience and expertise in advising schools and academies on data protection and freedom of information matters. We can support you by:
Providing guidance on how to deal with requests for information under the Acts, relieving you of some of the stress and burden and by minimising the risk of complaints to the Information Commissioner.
Dealing with Information Commissioner complaints - The Information Commissioner, who regulates data protection, has the power to fine academies up to £500,000 for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act. Our proven track record has helped our clients avoid the more serious enforcement action (such as fines).
Advising academies on how to comply with data protection and information law when storing data on the 'cloud'.
Advising on many common data protection issues such as information sharing, CCTV, marketing issues, overseas transfers, biometrics, data retention and data security.
Providing practical training courses in this specialist area that are practical and thought provoking resulting in improved information handling and confidence in your systems.
Technically impressive and good at providing practical advice in plain English.