This post has been created to address the increasing levels of regulatory compliance required by independent schools.
To plan, implement and maintain WHS arrangements for ensuring that the organisation is compliant with relevant legislation including, but not limited to: Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), regulatory requirements, National minimum standards for Boarding Schools (NMS), child protection and safeguarding legislation, current UK health, safety, environment and fire, current UK data protection legislation and current UK copyright legislation.
Reports to the Bursar however strong interlock with the Estates Bursar, Designated Safeguarding Lead and HR.
A school compliance officer is required to:
- Ensure that the School’s policies and procedures are fully compliant with all demands, regulatory, legislative and of the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate.
- Develop and update procedures and practices to ensure that these requirements are met.
- Spread awareness of policies and procedures amongst WHS staff.
- Provide staff updates and training, when required, to promote the observation of practises and procedures designed to ensure compliance.
- To oversee the transparency, accountability and record keeping and retention of data held to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
- To coordinate statutory reporting of data breaches/prioritise and escalate issues resulting in non-compliance
- Reviewing risk assessments and risk registers.
- Reviewing website content and updating policy folders to reflect latest policies and procedures.
- Monitoring, and ensuring appropriate records are maintained to ensure compliance in all areas including Data Protection, Health & Safety and Safeguarding. Conducting reviews of departments to detail any updates or compliance issues that need resolving.
- Keep up to date with current legislative and regulatory changes, summarise and provide concise reports to inform and advise Governors and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) of all relevant rules and guidelines set by governments and other regulatory bodies such as the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
- Advise SLT on all aspects of regulatory compliance and other legal issues relating to the management of the school.
- Legal and/or compliance background required
- The ability to interpret legislation and other laid down procedures and be able to explain the requirements in simple, practical terms to non-specialists.
- Good interpersonal skills and confidence to communicate effectively with colleagues, both teaching and non-teaching.
- Confidence with the use of ICT.
- The ability to liaise with external bodies, the School board and SLT
Hours of Work – Part Time
3 days per week 35 weeks per annum
There is a competitive salary on offer
Matched pension contributions
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo appropriate child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service.