Blackthorns Comminity Primary Academy is part of the University of Brighton Academies Trust; a network of 15 academies in Sussex all supporting each other, and their pupils, to excel.
The Trust continues to make good progress with preparations for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which becomes law on 25 May 2018.
The changes to the law will have a significant impact across the Trust, including its academies and central teams. Informed by guidance and advice published by the Information Commissioner’s Office, various activities have been completed over the past months to further strengthen the arrangements for ensuring that personal data is handled securely.
To make certain that the day-to-day implications of GDPR are understood, the Trust has provided a certified online GDPR training course for all staff to complete. The training includes modules on data protection principles, rights and penalties, and practical application.
Key policy documents, including our Data Protection Policy and privacy notices, providing information about how we use personal data, have been updated and published on the Trust’s data data protection web page .
Privacy management software has also been implemented to assist with the administration of GDPR across all academies and central teams: this will help ensure the Trust achieves maximum compliance and minimum risk of not knowing where vulnerabilities are or where breaches have occurred.
Samantha Coates, Director of Planning, Policy and Governance, has been appointed as the Trust’s Data Protection Officer. She will inform and liaise with all academies and central teams about data protection requirements.
Ms Coates said: “As the legislation change approaches, I am pleased with the progress that has been made. We take our commitment to managing the personal data of our pupils, parents/carers, staff and stakeholders seriously and are in a strong position to continue our work on improved compliance.”