Information security and data protection are important issues for schools, MATs, colleges and other organisations. It is important that policies and practices around managing personal data are clear and well understood.
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK Data Protection Act 2018 set out the data protection rules relating to the processing of personal data.
The GDPR defines how organisations (including schools, MATs and colleges) can store, use and send information relating to data subjects (including children, parents, staff).
Data Protection Guidance
The SWGfL GDPR Guidance provides advice and guidance to help schools, MATs and colleges better manage personal data, and should be used alongside policies and practices already in place.
It is intended to assist schools, MATs and colleges with understanding the GDPR and with identifying steps that can be taken to improve data protection; it is not intended to provide legal advice and schools, MATs and colleges should seek their own legal advice when considering the management of Personal Data in alignment with the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018.
Data Protection Resources
Access the SWGfL GDPR Guidance using the links below.
Part 7 - Special Category Personal Data
SWGfL Data Protection Guidance - Part 7 - Special Category Personal Data
Part 8 - Information Security and Breach Management
SWGfL Data Protection Guidance - Part 8 - Information Security and Breach Management
Data Protection Products and Services
Sophos Security Software
Industry-leading security products from Sophos at special prices for education
Data Protection Services
SWGfL has partnered with Firebird to provide a range of services for schools. From a fully outsourced service, to a pay-as-you go offering, we’re here to help you.
Trend Micro™ Security Software
SWGfL and Phoenix Software have used their aggregated purchasing capability to create a new academic pricing supply arrangement with Trend Micro™, and we can provide the products at significantly discounted prices for education
An online self review tool, designed to help schools and SMEs review their posture, policies and procedures around data protection and information security.
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