UK GDPR: what governors and trustees need to do to be compliant
Schools must make sure their data processing complies with data protection law under the UK GDPR. Here's what your board needs to do to make sure you and your school are compliant, including a downloadable checklist to monitor compliance.
- Your whole board needs to understand the law
- Ask senior leaders for evidence of compliance
- Review your own data processing procedures
- Clerks: review your understanding of best practice
- Add data protection to your risk register
- Scrutinise the appointment of the data protection officer
- Designate a data protection ‘champion’
- Decide how you'll monitor UK GDPR compliance
- Local governing bodies in MATs: check your trust is compliant
The UK adopted the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, but since the UK's withdrawal from the EU it has used its own version, known as the UK GDPR.
As governors and trustees, you're ultimately responsible for data protection, and this article will help you make sure that you and your school are compliant. It draws together advice from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and 4 of our associate experts: Caroline Collins, Brendan Hollyer, Graeme Hornsby and Leon Ward.
We've also condensed the actions in this article into a checklist that your governing board can tick off:
This is because you have collective responsibility for data protection. Even if you're lucky enough to have