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04 Feb 2019
Business managers, bursars and secretaries, headteachers of all schools
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GDPR training events for schools

East Sussex County Council's experienced Information Governance team are holding a series of training events during the spring term to help schools comply with their data protection regulations under GDPR.

Don’t know your IAR from your ROPA?

Or a PIA from the ICO?

Unsure about what the new data protection regulations actually mean for schools and their staff?

Not convinced that you have everything in place to be compliant under the new law?

Don’t worry as East Sussex County Council’s experienced Information Governance Team are holding a series of training events aimed at addressing the questions and concerns schools have about GDPR.

The Information Governance team are running four sessions during the spring term: one aimed at giving all school staff a practical guide to GDPR and three to provide specific guidance for GDPR leads within schools.

For schools that have bought into the DPO traded service (IG4 or IG5) - this training is free for up to five members of staff, as attendance here is counted as one of the training sessions included as part of the DPO package.

The sessions are also open to schools that have not bought into the DPO traded service at a cost of £75 per delegate.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Overview - information session for schools

Monday 11 March – 9:30-12:30pm (GDPR11)

Venue: Lansdowne Hotel, Eastbourne

Audience: Suitable for all school staff and governors

Session aim: Provide an overview of the legislation and day-to-day impact within a school setting.

    • The session will cover everything from what the GDPR actually is through to what this really means for staff in schools, including guidance on data breaches and subject access requests.
    • The session will incorporate a range of case studies and examples to demonstrate how the GDPR impacts everyone working within a school setting.

Please note this session will cover very similar topics to the training held in Uckfield in November 2018 so delegates who attended that event will not need attend this one.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - workshop for GDPR leads in schools

Monday 11 March – 9:30-12:30pm (GDPR12)

Monday 18 March – 9:30-12:30pm (GDPR13)

Monday 18 March – 1:30-4:30pm (GDPR14)

Audience: This session is more suitable for GDPR leads or members of staff whose roles require them to have a deeper understanding of the new legislation, for example: Headteachers and SLT, Business Managers and Bursars or office staff.

Session aim: To explore elements of the GDPR in more detail including:

      • Advice on security breach procedures
      • Guidance on how to deal with subject access requests effectively
      • When and how to conduct Data Processing Impact Assessments (DPIAs)
      • Advice on relevant legal bases to support the production of the school ROPA
      • This session will build upon the topics covered in previous school sessions will still be useful even if the information governance team have already visited your school to conduct training.
      • This session can be tailored to suit specific requests or enquiries so let the team know if there is a particular data protection issue you would like covered or question you want answered. Chances are there is another school out there asking something similar!

Please note this session will cover very similar topics to the training held in Uckfield in November 2018 so delegates who attended that event will not need attend this one.

Both sessions will also provide an opportunity for networking where school staff will be able to talk to colleagues from other settings about the impact of GDPR and share their solutions to common data protection problems.

One key requirement for all schools under GDPR is that they have “appropriate organisational measures” in place to meet the needs of this new regulation (GDPR Recital 78). One way in which schools can demonstrate that they have met this requirement is by ensuring that their staff have received adequate training on the subject and these two sessions are a perfect way to achieve this.

If you would like further information on the range of traded offer options available, please take a look at the Services2Schools website (under Information Governance) or contact the Children’s Services Information Governance team at

To find out more or book a place at the training, please visit the East Sussex learning portal at

Ben Baker
Information Governance Team Children's Services

Phone: 01273 481471