Understanding GDPR

Chris Billington and Sue King, partners within Wrigleys Solicitors

Schools will need to take a number of steps to ensure compliance ahead of the May 2018 deadline for GDPR. As a first step you should identify the types of personal data held by your school and the reasons why you process data relating to pupils and parents, employees, contacts and other members of the public. From this starting point your school should consider whether such processing is lawful and otherwise carried out in accordance with the requirements of GDPR.

Failure to comply with the GDPR could lead to significant financial penalties being imposed on your school so it is critical that you review all data protection arrangements at a strategic level. This session is all about being GDPR-compliant.

Take home points:
Chris and Sue will focus on:
  • understanding your obligations under the GDPR;
  • designing and implementing data mapping exercises to identify personal data held by your school and third parties and the processing carried out on your behalf;
  • preparing the documents required to demonstrate compliance with the new legislation, including;
  • privacy notices;
  • data protection policies;
  • data protection agreements with third parties;
  • untangling the knotty issue of consent including when consent to the processing of personal data is required and how it should be obtained.
This session is for:
SBMs – in schools or academies – and other members of SLT who wish to gain a better understanding of the new legislation. Bring your questions and qualms and we will aim to unravel some myths for you.

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Chris Billington
Chris has over 25 years' experience of advising charities and social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations. He leads our education team and works with schools, academies and teaching school alliances on a wide range of issues including governance, contracts, employment, FOI and data protection.

Chris is an academy governor at St Mary's, Menston and a trustee at a local regeneration charity. He is a member of the Charity Law Association, Education Law Association and the Employment Lawyers Association.

Sue King
Sue manages the Wrigleys Education Response Helpline services which are dedicated helplines and annual retainer services for charity and education clients. This means she works closely with a number of academies, independent schools and charities as virtual in-house support for their day to day employment law queries and more substantial issues as they arise. She is an expert in discrimination issues and advises clients with regard to employment tribunal claims and avoiding discriminatory practices in the workplace.

Sue also advises schools on data protection matters including handling parental requests for data and complaints to the ICO. She supports schools on education law matters including preparing for SEND tribunals and advising on exclusions and alternative provision

Sue hosts the bi-monthly Schools Breakfast Club which draws together staff from independent and maintained schools and academy trusts to discuss education focused topics.