Support for grant-aided and special schools

An order under section 5 of the Act brought grant-aided and special schools within the scope of FOI from 1 September 2016. Together with the City of Edinburgh Council, we delivered a training event on 25 May 2016 to help the new bodies prepare. Below are the training materials from the event.

Delegate packs

The delegate packs contained:

Event programme

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

Your Right To Know - A Guide to FOI in Scotland


Introduction to FOI duties

Publishing information

Responding to information requests and reviews

Handout: is this an information request?

Requests for personal information

Publication schemes

The schools were required to comply with the publication scheme duty by 1 September 2016, the commencement date for the section 5 order. The Commissioner strongly recommended that the schools adopt the Model Publication Scheme.

To do so, they must:

  • produce and publish a Guide to Information, and
  • 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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