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GDPR resource hub

Last updated on 23 September 2020
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You must take steps to ensure that the way you handle data in your school is in line with the new rules under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018. Here are the resources you need to get compliant and stay compliant.

 Understanding the GDPR

  • Jargon buster
    The world of data protection is filled with jargon and technical terms, but our GDPR glossary makes it accessible for you.
  • Mythbuster
    Avoid the scaremongering - use our mythbuster to separate the fact from the fiction when it comes to visitor books, photo archives, fines, consent and more.

Seeking consent to process personal data

  • Managing consent under the GDPR
    Guidance and top tips to help you manage your consent procedures efficiently, and examples of how two schools collect and record consent.

Updating your staff

Is your board up to speed?

Governors and trustees can access the resources they need on The Key for School Governors.

Identifying what data you hold and why

  • Information audit: template
    Use our downloadable audit template, which includes school-specific prompts, to help you identify what personal data you hold.   
  • How to choose which ‘lawful basis’ to use under the GDPR
    Use the process in this article to work out which of the 6 lawful bases to use to justify each of your data processing activities.
  • Special category data
    Some data is classed as 'special category', meaning it's sensitive and needs more protection. Find out what kind of data is defined this way, and the conditions for processing it.

Appointing your data protection officer

 Reviewing your processing procedures

  • Data protection model policy 
    Download our GDPR-compliant model data protection policy, approved by Forbes Solicitors, and adapt it to your school's setting.  

Practical advice on the nitty-gritty of the GDPR

For more answers, go to the data protection section of The Key.

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