Our Service Specifically Designed for Schools

Cost Effective Data Protection for your School

Having work with over 120 schools of all sizes, the DPO Centre understands the personal data you process, how you process it and the many software systems and platforms you use.

Our service to schools has been developed specifically to fit your tight financial constraints. It enables schools of all types and sizes to comply with new data protection legislation in an easily accessible, collective and cost-effective way.

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“For us, this process has been an awakening. Like Health and Safety regulations, GDPR is not there to stop us doing our job but it’s in place to make sure that we use the information safely and responsibly. The biggest challenge for us is educating our staff and providing solutions to them that enable them to carry on doing the great things that they are, whilst better protecting the data they are responsible for.”

Jules Bridges
West Suffolk College

HOW THE SERVICE WORKS

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Our service is at its most cost effective when schools work together. It is ideal for multi-academy trusts or partnerships, or simply where local schools are happy to collaborate.

Our service is delivered in two distinct phases:

Phase 1. Impact Assessment

The Impact Assessment audits your school’s data protection needs and includes:

  • Group training – provided by an experienced DPO to all relevant staff and governors
  • Fact finding questionnaire – jointly completed by the DPO and a representative from your school
  • Policy review – your key policies reviewed, recommendations made and model policies provided
  • Recommendations and action plan – prepared by the DPO to identify and detail any specific areas requiring improvement
  • Review of recommendations – provided remotely to each school

Phase 2. Ongoing DPO Services

The DPO Centre ensures ongoing compliance by providing:

  • A designated Data Protection Officer
  • A telephone and email advice line manned by qualified DPOs providing year-round support
  • Ongoing Data protection advice for issues such as Subject Access Requests and potential breaches
  • Termly questionnaires completed by the school and returned to the DPO for review and comment
  • Annual review and progress report

BENEFITS OF THE SERVICE

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Highly cost effective especially when schools work as a group
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Designated Data Protection Officer
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Simple, straightforward advice designed specifically for schools
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Advice line support from experienced DPOs
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Experience and shared best practice gained from a multitude of schools
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Demonstrates ongoing compliance to parents, governors and inspectors
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Matthew Smith

Sheringham Woodfields School

“The DPO Centre has made what initially appeared to be a complex task straightforward, and we are very pleased with how thoroughly the entire process was conducted.”

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