The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

The materials have been developed to give teachers a creative and engaging set of resources for use in the classroom, supplying the tools needed to raise awareness of key issues around personal information.

These secondary school lesson plans explore what we mean by personal information, and give young people the opportunity to discuss and share their own understandings of the subject, and encourages them to think about what information should be shared and what should be kept private.

The activities help teachers to familiarise students with their rights and responsibilities relating to data protection and freedom of information, giving them the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions when interacting with companies and organisations on a day to day basis. They also provide guidance to young people about their right to access personal information from the organisations that hold their details, and the right, as citizens, to request information from public authorities.

Lesson plans and resources in more detail

The materials allow teachers flexibility in their approach and encourage active learning, with many opportunities for student talk, discussion and questioning.

Teaching personal information safety as part of PSHE

Introduction to protecting children's personal information online: infographic

Each lesson is set out with aims and learning objectives supported by detailed teaching notes and resources. We hope teachers will feel free to customise the materials to suit their own context, perhaps by adapting the learning objectives, or by adding literacy targets for the lessons, highlighting new vocabulary or focusing on key questions. Teachers may also want to take a ‘mix and match’ approach to the lesson topics, splitting and repackaging the five lessons presented in this pack into shorter sessions.

Download the full secondary schools lesson pack - lesson plans 1-4

"The students were requested to 'think outside the box' in terms of what they deemed to be personal and private data and who had the right to view this, and who was accountable for the security of this information. There is a great need to impress upon young people that sharing information on social media is not the only matter we should be making them aware of, it is data in the wider context. I would definitely use the resources in the future with both Key Stage 3 and 4 alongside the existing messages"

Carole Phillips
Student Support Officer
Crickhowell High School

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