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New Core Skills modules on GDPR

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In an important update to the Modern Governor catalogue of e-learning modules, a collection of modules explaining the General Data Protection Requirement (GDPR) is now available to all new and existing subscribers as part of the Modern Governor Core Skills collection of e-learning modules.

What is the GDPR?

To quote the Information Commissioner’s Office:

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new, Europe-wide law that replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK. It is part of the wider package of reform to the data protection landscape that includes the Data Protection Bill. The GDPR sets out requirements for how organisations will need to handle personal data from 25 May 2018.

Questions? I have a few…

You could do worse than read our FAQ on GDPR for schools – which is taken from the folk at GDPRiS.

What’s available through Modern Governor?

All Modern Governor subscribers – individual schools and academies, and any who subscribe through their local authority’s governor support service or their multi-academy trust – have immediate access to five modules, which are part of Core Skills.

But the introduction to the FAQ mentions six modules?

A sixth module on GDPR – featuring elements of gamification and focusing on compliance – will be available shortly.

Why are these five modules in Core Skills?

The Modern Governor Core Skills modules are those which are useful for governance and beyond. For example, the Effective Writing and Change Management modules will be of obvious use for our governance role, but can be applied to other areas of our lives as well.

For those of us who are governors and trustees, the effects of GDPR won’t be limited to just this voluntary role – it’ll affect much of the rest of our lives as well, If we run a business, interact with companies using our data to provide us with goods and services, if we volunteer beyond governance, then the GDPR will have an impact in those areas. These modules will give you an in-depth understanding of the issues – and give you questions to take to your next board meeting.

Your school or academy should be considering how best to approach the issues raised by GDPR – and this approach will be significantly affected by your setting: LAs will offer local advice and guidance to maintained schools, multi-academy trusts will take a trust-wide view and some schools may choose to work together – for example, to share a data protection officer. These modules will ensure that you are aware of the issues in detail and can ask pertinent questions of the leadership of your school, trust or local authority.

Screens from the GDPR modules

As with all Modern Governor modules the GDPR modules are responsive – which means they work beautifully on smartphones, tablets or a traditional desktop or laptop. Click or tap on the images below to view how they look on a desktop or laptop computer:

The modules’ structure:

The GDPR modules are grouped together in a single Modern Governor course, and are structured as follows:

Module 1: What is GDPR?

This module introduces the GDPR and explains why it is needed.

  1. What is GDPR? – What GDPR is and what you need to know about it
  2. Requirements of GDPR – The individual’s rights and underlying principles of GDPR
  3. What’s changing? Putting the changes into practice
  4. What else do you need to know? Penalties and exceptions to GDPR

Module 2: Data handling rules

In this module, you will find out how the data handling regulations apply to your organisation.

  1. Collecting and process data – What it means to obtain consent to the lawful processing of data
  2. Storing and transferring data – The individual’s rights and how to store and transfer data lawfully
  3. Children’s data – How children’s data should be treated

Module 3: Organisational responsibilities

How the new GDPR regulations apply to organisations.

  1. Introduction – Organisational responsibilities and consent to use data
  2. How can you meet your responsibilites? Responsibilities of individuals and organisations
  3. Making your organisation ready for GDPR – Preparing for GDPR

Module 4: Data breaches

Find out what to do if a data breach occurs at your organisation and how to prevent it happening again.

  1. What is a data breach? What they are and how they occur
  2. What to do if a data breach occurs – How to respond to a data breach

Module 5: Apply your knowledge

Now that you know about GDPR, you can apply your knowledge by working through some different situations.

  1. Putting what you’ve learned into practice – Apply what you’ve learned with a few simple exercise
  2. GDPR principles – Test your knowledge on the principles of GDPR
  3. Accountability principle – A scenario to put your knowledge of the accountability principle to the test
  4. Lawful processing – A knowledge check on lawful processing
  5. Marketing consent – Recapping the new rules for marketing consent
  6. Children’s personal data – How well do you understand the rules on children’s personal data?
  7. Individual’s rights – Check your grasp of individuals’ rights under GDPR

Accessing the modules on GDPR

If your school or academy is a current subscriber to Modern Governor then all of these modules on the GDPR are available to your governors and SLT immediately – simply log in as normal and browse to the Core Skills: Leading Change category where you’ll find the GDPR Essentials course – this contains the five modules on GDPR. Alternatively you can search for the course by name once you’ve logged in to the Modern Governor site.

Get access for your school, academy or multi-academy trust

If you’re not yet a subscriber then you can subscribe today – if you subscribe to a local authority governor support service, ask them about how you can access Modern Governor at a discounted rate. Any local authority is able offer access to schools at a discounted rate through its SLA – if your local LA support service doesn’t yet do so, then put them in touch with us and we can arrange for your school or academy to get discounted access.

Multi-academy trusts can also get a discounted rate and – as with individual schools – senior leadership teams from all academies within a subscribing MAT can also access all of the Modern Governor modules. Get in touch to find out more.


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