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Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 came fully into force on January 1 2005. Under the Act, any person has a legal right to ask for access to information held by public bodies, including schools.
The information a school makes routinely available should be included in their publication scheme. Other requests for information should be dealt with in accordance with the legislation and the school's policy.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published guidance for schools which is available on their website. By visiting their website, you will be able to access guidance covering your Freedom of Information obligations and how to recognise and respond to requests. There is also guidance on dealing with requests that you want to refuse, or dealing with persistent and vexatious requests.
For Guidance on records retention and storage please consult the guidance that has been created the the Information and Records Management Society and is published on their website.
By clicking on the link on the left, you can find a model school policy that you can adapt and adopt for your school.
If you have a query, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions, or contact us