Data Protection Officer Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes

Our three Data Protection Officer (DPO) continuous development programmes provides school and trust DPOs with all they need to keep their knowledge up to date throughout the academic year.

Delivered through bite-sized sessions which allow time for your learning to embed, each course includes breakout sessions and discussions to provides the opportunity for you to networking with fellow DPOs. They’ll also be plenty of time for all of your questions to be answered.

All three courses are led by education lawyer and data protection expert Dai Durbridge. Dai has extensive experience advising schools and trusts on all things data protection, including complex breaches and subject access requests.

Course options

This initial course offers a strong foundation in data protection law, practice and the expectations of the Information Commissioner’s Office, supporting you with building your confidence to undertake your DPO role.

Running over four months, delegates will learn and work together in sessions hosted on Zoom. Topic covered include:

  • Understanding the role of the DPO
  • The legal foundation stones – data protection principles and the lawful bases for processing
  • Rights of the data subject
  • Managing subject access requests
  • Dealing with data breaches in your school or trust
  • Evidencing compliance through policy, practice and training
  • Using consent correctly
  • Changing culture to succeed in your role

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

Example course programme

Complete the form below to register for the foundation DPO programme.

As with our other DPO courses, this intermediate course enables delegates to learn remotely with two-hour modules delivered 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.

Example course programme

Complete the form below 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.

Example course programme

Complete the form below to register for the advanced DPO programme.

Who should attend?

All three courses are suitable for Data Protection Officers within maintained schools, independent schools and academy trust settings.

Which course is right for me?

This depends on your level of experience:

  • The foundation course is designed for new DPOs who have had little or no formal training and who need to understand the basics in order to establish a good foundation for their DPO duties.
  • The intermediate course is aimed at more experienced DPOs who understand the topics covered in the foundation course and who would benefit from understanding more of the detail in order to focus data protection governance and management.
  • The advanced course is for experienced DPOs who’s role requires them to focus on complex issues around breach, cyber risk, subject access requests and culture change as part of their ongoing data protection training and updating.

If you are not sure which course is best for you, please contact Dai Durbridge.

Cost

Each course costs £795 plus VAT per delegate.

For more information about these courses please contact Dai Durbridge. Alternatively, complete the form below to register for the next 2023 programmes.

Spaces are limited to approximately 30 delegates per cohort.


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