Free breakfast seminar for schools to look at the impacts of GDPR.

By Wilkin Chapman LLP | Posted: 28 Sep 2017

Advice on GDPR, cyber security and the threat posed for schools and colleges will be outlined by experts at a free seminar.

The event, on Thursday 12 October, is designed to advise those involved in education on a number of levels, from the managing of their electronic records and threats from attack, to ensuring correct social media policies are in place – with particular regard to staff. 

Legal experts from the region's largest law firm, Wilkin Chapman solicitors, will also highlight the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation, (GDPR) and its likely impact on education. The GDPR, which comes into force next May, replaces the current Data Protection Act and makes radical changes to many regulations that educational establishments currently adhere to.

The seminar is being led by cyber security expert Stuart Green. Stuart, a digital expert for more than two decades, will be telling delegates why it is so important to have measures in place to prevent system breaches.

Partners at Wilkin Chapman solicitors, Jane Eatock and Katie Davis will also be discussing the impacts in relation to social media and what you need to consider now to ensure compliance.

Jane and Katie are specialist employment lawyers in the education sector and understand the issues many schools face, especially the organisations that have converted to smaller academies in recent years.

Ms Eatock said, “We are delighted to have Stuart as our key speaker at the seminar. His cyber expertise and knowledge is undoubtedly topical at the moment and delivers some essential hints and tips about what you should be doing now to protect your organisation”.

Ms Eatock continued, “In the past the academies would have had the support of local authorities to advise and manage such things, and this can be a particular concern to those who do not have large structures behind them.

“From an employment and HR point of view, having legally binding social media policies in place is of vital importance to cover both the personal and business boundaries. For teachers this is paramount as they have professional duties which must be reflected in their use of social media,” warned Ms Davies.

Ms Davies said: “Understandably there is much concern about the implications the GDPR will have upon schools and colleges both in terms of the work required before its introduction and the ongoing support. We will be highlighting this at the seminar as we look at long-term help and advice over the coming months.”

The free breakfast seminar, called Cyber Security: A Critical Element of Safeguarding for Schools and Acadamies’ is being held on Thursday, October 12 from 8am until 10am at Wilkin Chapman, Cartergate House, Grimsby.

Places are limited, please book before Monday 9 October here

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