We offer data protection support to MATs across the country. Ensure your MAT complies with the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act with our expert DPO service.

As a multi-academy trust, you have a responsibility to protect the personal data of your students, staff, and parents. The UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 impose strict requirements on how you must process this data, and failure to comply can result in fines and reputational damage.

A Data Protection Officer (DPO) can help you to meet your data protection obligations. A DPO is an independent expert who is responsible for overseeing your data protection compliance and providing advice and guidance to your staff.

We offer a specialist DPO service for standalone academies and MATs. Our DPOs have extensive experience of the education sector and the unique data protection challenges that you face.

Our DPO service for multi-academy trusts can support you to:

  • Develop and implement a centralised data protection compliance programme
  • Conduct data protection audits and risk assessments
  • Provide training to your staff on data protection requirements and best practices
  • Respond to subject access requests (SARs) and data breaches

Specialist framework for multi-academy trusts:

We understand that MATs need specific data protection governance arrangements to ensure that they maintain oversight and consistency across their schools, and manage data protection risk. That’s why we have developed a dedicated framework for our MAT clients.

Our MAT framework includes the following:

  • A regular auditing and monitoring process
  • Centralised data protection policies
  • Designated roles and responsibilities
  • Oversight of data breaches and information requests
  • Recommended reporting lines
  • A sensible, risk-based approach

Benefits of an outsourced DPO

Many multi-academy trusts now choose an outsourced DPO service. Some of the benefits of this option include:

Expertise

An outsourced DPO has expert training and an in depth understanding of data protection law and best practices, and how they apply in practice. This is enhanced by their exposure to a high volume and variety of work, including complex cases, across a broad client base. The DPO service draws from the knowledge of an entire team of people, each with their own areas of specialism.

Resources

An external DPO service has the resources to support you with all aspects of data protection, from incident response to risk assessments. Unlike an internal staff member who may have the DPO role included as a small part of their wider remit, data protection is their sole responsibility. This frees up your internal team to focus on their core business activities.

Cost and flexibility

Outsourcing your DPO can be a more cost-effective and proportionate solution than committing to hiring a full-time internal DPO. A DPO service is available to provide you with ongoing and flexible support, as you need it.

What our clients say

Don’t just take our word for it. Find out what some of our clients had to say about our data protection support:

“The ongoing practical support and advice provided by the team is extremely valuable in resolving any complex issues swiftly. It’s helped to create a shared understanding and common purpose among all those with responsibility for data protection within our trust.”

Trust School, Huddersfield

 

“We are really happy with the data protection services Veritau provide. Since we began working with them in 2020, they have consistently provided us with invaluable advice and support in navigating the ever-changing landscape of data protection regulations. They are very proactive in keeping us up to date on new developments and things we should be aware of and are always responsive to any questions or queries we put to them, providing timely and helpful feedback. I would highly recommend their services to any organisation that is looking for expert advice and support in this area.”

White Woods Primary Academy Trust

Why choose our MAT DPO service?

  • Our officers are experts in data protection law and the education sector.
  • We offer a personalised service tailored to your specific needs.
  • We are committed to helping you to achieve and maintain data protection compliance.

Book a free consultation with one of our schools’ team today to discuss your data protection needs.