I think we are probably more in the area of employment law here than DPA.
As it happens I'm currently working on Corporate Governance matters and
have just been reading/revising our Constitution and Codes of Conduct (I'm
assuming that the schools are public sector rather than private sector).
By disclosing information which belongs to his employer to B, A has almost
certainly broken the Officer Code of Conduct for the local authority which
employs him - which means he is subject to the disciplinary processes of
the authority, including dismissal.
If the local authority were to penalise your friend following a SAR, rather
than properly following its disciplinary procedures, it could well be
laying itself open to a complaint, which would eventually go to the Local
Government Ombudsman if the authority did not resolve it. If any members
were involved in such a decision then they could be reported to the
Standards Board for England.
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