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Freedom of information

Introduction:

We are aware that under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we have a legal duty to supply certain information to enquirers and that we must be clear and proactive about the information we make public.

 

To do this we must produce a publication scheme, setting out:

  • The classes of information we publish or intend to publish

  • The manner in which the information will be published

  • How to request information

  • Payment for information

 

We as a school community have a commitment to promote equality. Therefore, an equality impact assessment has been undertaken and we believe this policy is in line with the Equality Act 2010.

 

Aims:

  • To provide certain information to enquirers under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

  • To recognise that we have a duty to provide advice and assistance to anyone requesting information.

  • To ensure that personal information is not made public.

  • To work with other schools to share good practice in order to improve this policy.

 

Role of the Governing Body:

  • delegated powers and responsibilities to the Headteacher as ‘Data Controller’ for the school;

  • delegated powers and responsibilities to the Headteacher to ensure all school personnel and stakeholders are aware of and comply with this policy;

  • responsibility for ensuring that the school complies with all equalities legislation;

  • responsibility for ensuring funding is in place to support this policy;

  • responsibility for ensuring this policy and all policies are maintained and updated regularly;

  • responsibility for ensuring all policies are made available to parents;

  • responsibility for the effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of this policy

 

Role of the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team:

  • ensure all school personnel, pupils and parents are aware of and comply with this policy;

  • provide leadership and vision in respect of equality;

  • provide guidance, support and training to all staff;

  • monitor the effectiveness of this policy;

  • annually report to the Governing Body on the success and development of this policy

 

Categories of Information Published:

School Prospectus

  • The name, address, telephone number, email address and website

  • The type of school

  • The names of the Headteacher and Chair of Governors and contact details

  • The Admissions Policy

  • The school’s ethos and values

  • SEN policy

  • The number of pupils on roll

  • Attendance figures

  • National Curriculum results for each Key Stage

 

Self Evaluation Report and School Development Plan

  • Successes this year

  • Improvements to be made

  • Pupil achievements at age 7

  • Pupil achievements at age 11

  • Analysis of results over the past three years

  • Arrangements to ensure every child receives teaching and learning experiences to meet their individual needs

  • A list of the activities and options available to all pupils

  • Absence rates compared to other schools

  • Pupils views of the school and how we have addressed these views

  • The school’s health, safety and well-being programme

  • Working with parents and the community

  • Destinations of Y6 leavers

 

Governors’ Documents

  • Governors Annual Report

  • Instrument of Government

  • Minutes of meetings of the governing body and its committees

 

Pupils & Curriculum Policies

  • Home-School Agreement

  • Curriculum Policy

  • Sex Education Policy

  • Special Education Needs Policy

  • Accessibility Plans

  • Equality Policy

  • Collective Worship

  • Child Protection Policy

  • Positive Behaviour Policy

       

School Policies and other Information related to the school

  • The school’s Estyn Inspection Reports

  • Post inspection action plan

  • Charging and Remissions Policies

  • School Session Times and Term Dates

  • Health and Safety Policy and Risk Assessment

  • Complaints Procedure

  • Performance Management of Staff

  • Staff, Discipline and Grievance

  • Curriculum Circulars and Statutory Instruments

 

Dealing with a Request for Information:

The Head will deal with written requests for information by:

  • deciding if the request comes under one of the following Acts namely:

    • Data Protection Act

    • Environmental Information Regulations

    • Freedom of Information Act

  • deciding whether the school holds the information
    • providing the information if it has already been made public

    • informing the enquirer if the school does not have that information

    • deciding if information disclosed might affect the interests of a third party

    • deciding if the estimated cost of complying with the request will exceed the appropriate limit

    • ensuring that all personal information is excluded from a requested document

    • consider if the request is annoying or repeated

 

Reasons for not complying with a Request:

We accept the four reasons under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for not complying with a request for information:

  • that the requested information is not held
  • the cost threshold is reached
  • the request is considered annoying or repeated
  • that one or more of the exemptions apply

 

Complaints:

All complaints will be dealt with by the school’s complaints procedure.

 

Information Availability:

Documents can be downloaded from the school website or by contacting the school by letter, fax or email.

 

Payment for Information:

Information published is free.

 

Reporting Requests:

All requests for information will be reported to the governors by the Headteacher.

 

Feedback and Complaints:

We actively encourage the views and suggestions from parents and the general public about how we can improve this publication scheme.

 

All complaints should be addressed to the Information Commissioner’s Office which ensures that all organisations comply with Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Training:

We ensure all school personnel have equal chances of training, career development and promotion.

 

Periodic training will be organised for all school personnel so that they are kept up to date with new information and guide lines concerning equal opportunities.

 

This policy will be reviewed when necessary.

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