Information Governance

Information Governance is an umbrella term used to describe how an organisation manages its information in line with the law and best practice. It applies to schools as they hold personal information that is subject to the principles of the Data Protection legislation and process corporate information that is subject to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000. Schools are also accountable under the Educational (Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2005 to make available curricular and educational records on request to those entitled to receive it.

Organisations that handle personal information must register with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) as a data controller in accordance with the Data Protection legislation.

’A data controller or data controllers define  the purposes for which, and the way in which personal data are, or will be, processed.’

To achieve good Information Governance it’s important to understand the legislation that you need to comply with:

Each of these pieces of legislation has specific requirements to which you must demonstrate compliance.

Within these pages you will find information that will help you to comply with the legislation on Data Protection and Freedom of Information. You will also be able to access advice and guidance on fulfilling your obligations.

Further Information

If you need advice or guidance on any Information Governance related topic from Information Security to Data Protection and GDPR, and you hold a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the Information Governance Unit, please contact us for advice.


Telephone: 01785 278109

The Information Governance Unit is based on the Fourth Floor, Staffordshire Place One, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH.

You can find out more information about what is included in the SLA on the Service Level Agreement page.