Information Assurance Training for Schools and Education sector
Learn about the necessity of data protection in schools, with Information Assurance Training for Schools and the Education Sector.
The governing body of a school is responsible for its data protection, and if there is any breach of the Data Protection Act (DPA) it may have to pay a fine from its budget. The DPA and Freedom of Information Acts (FOIA) are complex. It is the duty of the governing body of a school to be registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and comply with current legislation; failure to do so can result in fines of up to £500,000 for each breach of the legislation from the ICO.
Legislation changes are under constant review both at a European and national level. Understanding and adhering to DPA and FOIA are therefore essential for schools.
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The ICO is the UK’s independent public authority, set up to uphold information rights. The body promotes good practice, rules on complaints, and takes appropriate action when the law is breached.
Schools must therefore ensure the following:
- Make sure staff and governors understand what personal data is and that they know how to safeguard it.
- Have information security policies in place and make sure all staff and governors are familiar with and abide by the policies.
- Understand how to keep information safe when it is being stored, used, transported, and disposed of. This includes paper files, emails, and electronic files on your laptop or memory stick.
- Encrypt any laptops/computers that may contain personal data.
- Know what information you can share and know how to do this safely.
- Have a process for reporting and managing incidents where personal data has or may have been disclosed.
You will receive two separate 1-day training events for two delegates at each session: the first providing an overview and the second a ‘train the trainer’ event. Our training will equip you with the knowledge you require to ensure your school can manage its responsibilities within the DPA legislation.
Our ‘train the trainer’ sessions and training materials enable you to educate everyone in your school on how to manage information safely. This is something the ICO considers essential in successfully avoiding data breaches or in mitigating the consequences if a breach does occur.
People who will benefit from the Information Assurance Training for Schools and the Education Sector include: teachers, head teachers, lecturers, and other school staff.
Ensuring that Data Protection is dealt with securely and professionally is vital within any organisation to meet legal requirements. Due to our school’s recent experience of a security breach, I am increasingly aware that there is a need for more rigorous training and support for schools. Without this, we are leaving our staff vulnerable and unaware of possible consequences.The training, knowledge, guidance and expertise from Sandra was pivotal in how our breach was dealt with and reported." - Bradford Primary School Headteacher
Sandra Lomax - Until recently Sandra was Assistant Director of Information Assurance at a large city council where she established multi agency data sharing and culture change in all aspects of information management. During this time she was the Caldicott Guardian for Adult Social Services and was a member of the UK Council of Caldicott Guardians. During her seven years with the Council, Sandra was also responsible for Major Projects, Procurement, IT and Customer Services.
Previously, Sandra worked with over 40 organisations, including the health sector, advising on innovative solutions to integrated care and improving cross cutting working arrangements.
- Training over 5,000 staff in protecting information
- Establishing SIRO forums (police, fire, transport, NHS, councils) and multi agency working to agree a shared approach, implement best practice and scenario plan case studies
- Input into a wide range of national consultation including: Privacy Impact Assessment, use of e-mail and elected member guidance.
- Achieved 97% compliance with policies?
- Implemented a change in culture: 100% staff surveyed agreed “information security is everyone’s responsibility”
- Influential in persuading a wide variety of organisations across West Yorkshire to sign up to a single data sharing agreement which now has over 35 signatories.
Lynne Shackley - Lynne has worked at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for almost 12 years and is an expert in the application of the Data Protection Act (DPA) and its associated legislation and guidance. Lynne has gained the ISEB Data Protection qualification (now referred to as the BCS Professional Certification). Because of the ICO’s commitment to continuing personal development for its staff Lynne has extensive knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act, the Environmental Information Regulations, the Human Rights Act, and the Privacy in Electronic Communications Regulations. Lynne also has an in - depth understanding of the processes involved in the creation of both European and UK legislation.
Lynne helped to create guidance for central government, including the DfE led cross government information sharing guidance. She also worked on the training created by the Children’s Workforce Development Council on information sharing for practitioners in children’s services.
Lynne has extensive experience in information sharing and has contributed to a number of projects including the Leicester based information sharing hub, one of the first and most effective groups in the UK, and the Improving Information Sharing and Management project which later became the government’s Information Sharing Centre of Excellence.
Gary Baker - Gary is a retired Police Superintendent with 30 years experience in a large police force. He is an experienced police commander of major public events, firearms operations, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) incidents and numerous joint local authority events and operations. He was the head of operations in a large police division and has managed serious crime enquires across the North of England.
He is an accredited police Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) and has been the senior decision-maker in high profile police enquiries involving police information-rights and disclosure.
Gary is an experienced member of, and contributor to Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) and Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). He is a respected authority on sharing information between partner agencies to work together in dealing with offenders and to increase the safety, health and well-being of victims and survivors.
Gary has a successful track record in working closely with multi-agency partners and has many years experience of training and advising on information sharing between the police and partners at all levels. He is an experienced public speaker and has chaired various multi-agency strategic crime and community safety groups. He holds a BA Hons. degree in Organisational Studies and is an accredited mentor in senior police leadership and development.
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When you attend this data protection course for schools, you’ll achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Peace of mind and assured access to quality information, advice and guidance
- Reduced risk of fines and exposure to external investigation by the ICO
- Improved and legally compliant processes and policies Culture change to reflect improved knowledge
- Enhanced security for confidential information A review of current practices
- Staff training and awareness raising
- Highlight roles and responsibilities
- Enable compliance with legislation
- Develop and promote good practice in information security and governance
- Help dealing with security incidents
You’ll benefit from a reduced cost for any additional bespoke packages listed below:
Self Assessment Health Check Completion (to guide you through information issues relating to schools in the organisational, physical and technical environment). You will leave with your own tailored action plan of priority areas in your school.
- School Governor Training
- Information Breach Management
- Multi-agency working