Unit 1: An introduction to data protection and GDPR

30-60 mins

Purposes and outcomes

This unit will enable you to:

  • Understand the key facts about the Data Protection Act
  • Explore what is meant by data protection in schools 
  • Learn about the eight principles of data protection
  • Answer the question: ‘What is GDPR?’
  • Understand the differences between GDPR and the Data Protection Act

To deliver this unit:

  1. Download the trainer notes, presentation and handouts at the bottom of this page.
  2. Read through the content before delivering to participants.
  3. Consider how to make the additional reading available to participants after the session.

Before we start, have a go at answering the questions in the pre-unit quiz, to find out what you already know about data protection.



Next step > Brief Introduction to the Data Protection Act

Session overview
Classroom teacher, Deputy head, Headteacher, School business manager\bursar, School governor
Early years, Primary, Secondary, Post-16