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Data Protection Officer Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme

DPO events 

Our Data Protection Officer (DPO) continuous development programmes provides DPOs with all they need to keep their knowledge up to date throughout the academic year, a key requirement of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The next development programmes will commence in autumn 2021.

Both the intermediate and advanced courses are led by education lawyer and GDPR expert Dai Durbridge, who has extensive experience advising schools and trusts on all GDPR issues. To date the Manchester-based partner has also provided foundation and GDPR update training to over 500 DPOs in schools and trusts across the country.

Delivered in collaboration with Optimus Education, participants will study remotely in two-hour modules via Zoom. The interactive and engaging course and will cover:

  • Managing subject access requests and redaction
  • Using CCTV compliantly and dealing with requests for footage
  • Revisiting lawful processing
  • Obtaining, recording and managing consent including for biometric data
  • Data minimisation - retention and destruction of personal data, retaining emails
  • Handling complex data breaches
  • Police requests for access to data
  • Sharing data safely and securely
  • Learning from recent data breaches and the official Information Commissioners Office advice
  • Outcomes focused staff training
  • Completing, using and improving Data Protection Impact Assessments
  • Reporting to the board
  • Exemplar best practice

The course provides seven two-hour learning sessions and five one-hour Q&A sessions for delegates to have their questions answered and issues discussed to ensure a personalised learning experience.

As a result of proactively engaging in this training programme, participants will maintain up-to-date knowledge on current data protection best practice, have an improved understanding of complex GDPR issues and be empowered to drive a strong compliance culture across their institution.

Click here for an example of the course programme.

Click here to register for the intermediate DPO programme.

Following on from our popular and highly regarded DPO continuous development intermediate programme, this advanced course builds on that strong learning platform and focuses in greater depth on the key issues, supporting you with building your confidence, reducing resource need and limiting or removing the need for external legal spend.

Running over five months, this course is again delivered remotely via Zoom and covers:

  • The Children’s Code: ensuring compliance
  • Learning from education breaches: actions to take to avoid the most frequent and dangerous breaches
  • Subject Access Requests: In-depth practical review of a document bundle
  • Data Protection Impact Assessments masterclass
  • Data and Cyber Security
  • Data breaches practical case study
  • Outstanding GDPR governance masterclass
  • Data champions - building and leading your team
  • Identifying and plugging knowledge gaps

The course provides eight two-hour learning sessions and four one-hour Q&A sessions for delegates to have their questions answered and issues discussed to ensure a personalised learning experience.

Click here for an example of the course programme.

Click here to register for the advanced DPO programme.

Who should attend?

Both courses are suitable for designated Data Protection Officers within maintained schools, independent schools and academy trust settings. We recommend that everyone completes the intermediate programme before progressing to the advanced course.


The 10-month intermediate (year one) programme costs £895 plus VAT per delegate with discounts available of Optimus Education Unlimited or Premium Plus members. For further information or to book click here.

The five-month, advanced (year two) programme costs £750 plus VAT per delegate. For more information about this course please contact Dai Durbridge. Alternatively, click here to register for the 2021/22 programme.

Spaces are limited to approximately 30 delegates per cohort.