Home-based School Data Protection Consultant - Flexible working/Term Time

07 Aug 2019
06 Sep 2019
Education, Home-based
Contract Type

Our flexible working environment

We are open to short-term (over the holidays) and long-term, full-time, part-time and term-time-only. 

Where we are based

Though we have an office in Hertfordshire, all our consultants are home-based. We understand that you might not be available every day, nor every hour of every day - indeed we hope that you can manage your own schedule to a certain extent. 

However, our admin team can book the appointments for you if you are working directly with schools, otherwise, you manage your own time. Our schools are mostly located in the South-East and East of England

About us and what we offer:

Data Protection Education is a specialist consultancy providing GDPR tools, resources and consultancy to schools. We work with individual schools, trusts, federations and local authorities to provide data protection services, including outsourced data protection officer services.

  • We will provide tools and admin support so that you can concentrate on delivery and we share responsibility for knowledge across our consultants so you never feel out of your depth.
  • We are able to offer some training if you have experience in other areas of school management and we support our school consultants on gaining an internationally recognised certification.
  • We are able to offer term-time contracts and would be happy to discuss full-time and part-time availability.

We are open to hiring more than one person to get the blend of skills - so if there is part of this that interests you, please get in touch. 

About the project

Data Protection Education is a business providing GDPR and data protection services to schools. This includes a school data protection officer service, consultancy and training. Our team includes experienced school data and IT consultants, as well as legal consultants.

We undertake school visits to assess the status of compliance and advise on priorities and implementation. We also conduct remote sessions on the phone and online with all our DPO customers.

Part of our service includes access to the Data Protection Education Knowledge Bank, an online portal with various features:

  • Best Practice Library (policies, procedures, guidance and templates)
  • Best Practice checklists
  • E-learning library (plus manager reports)
  • Events listings (workshops for our clients)
  • Document Compliance Manager (plus manager reports)
  • Data logs - subject access requests, freedom of information, data breaches
  • Record of processing tool (lists school processes, assesses risks etc)
  • User management tools
  • News/blog etc


The Role

We need some additional help writing content for our best practice areas and also in helping define common (and sometimes not-so-common) school processes.  These best practice areas are mainly around school operations where data is handled. Whilst we are concerned with personal data, we also look at it within the context of overall information security, so all aspects of where data is used. We are also interested in expanding out into other areas where data management supports compliance programmes - such as finance, health and safety.

For the right person, in the right location, we would also be interested in opportunities for you to undertake some of our school visits and/or remote consultations. At this moment, our main area where we need help is West Norfolk.

What you’ll be doing

This role, therefore, has three potential elements: 

1) Visiting schools to undertake data protection audits and assist with implementing our processes, systems and training

2) Client liaison across the business with colleagues nationally at all levels and will be delivering policy and best practice guidance remotely (online and on the phone) with our school customers.

3) Contribution to content in our Knowledge Bank - assisting with the writing and development of best practice guidelines, policies and school process definitions.

A little bit about you

This is a rapidly developing area and it will be important to help establish new ways of working. Strong IT skills and familiarity with MS Office Suite tools will be important. 

Experience in working with schools/public sector is very desirable to understand the culture, so those with an administrative background, safeguarding, leadership/management, or teaching experience welcome. But also strong personalities required who aren't afraid to challenge the status quo.

You will need to be able to work on your own, directly with your allocated schools if that part of the role is suitable. We need someone to cover schools in the East of England, predominantly in west Norfolk, so please bear that in mind again if that part of the role interests you.

We would really like to hear from experienced school administrators - school business managers, hands-on governors, compliance or school business management consultants who understand the administrative working of schools - both primary and secondary.


If you are the right person for the job and willing to learn about the hottest compliance issue in a generation, then we can be flexible and supportive of your needs.

To apply, tell us about your experience working with schools and why you'd like to work in compliance and data security along with a CV. Once we’ve reviewed we’ll arrange a short chat on the phone for us to get to know each other a little better.

Work available immediately and in schools from the autumn term.