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Support for grant-aided and special schools



An order under section 5 of the Act brings grant-aided and special schools within the scope of FOI from 1 September 2016. The Commissioner and the City of Edinburgh Council delivered a training event on 25 May 2016 to help the new bodies to prepare. On this page we publish the training materials given to delegates at the event.

Delegate packs

The delegate packs contained:

PDF iconEvent programme

PDF iconSetting up your FOI function:Guidance for Scottish public authorities new to FOI

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 PDF iconYour Right To Know - A Guide to FOI in Scotland



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Introduction to new duties 

PDF iconResponding to requests and reviews

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Handout: is this an information request?

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Requests for personal information 




Publication schemes

The schools must comply with the publication scheme duty by 1 September 2016, the commencement date for the section 5 order. The Commissioner strongly recommends that the schools adopt the Model Publication Scheme. To do so, they must:

  • produce and publish a Guide to Information
  • complete and send a Notification Form to the Commissioner

You can download the Model Publication Scheme, a template Guide to Information for grant-aided and special schools and the  notification form from the Publication Scheme Resources page.







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