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Freedom of Information Act - Model Publication Scheme for Schools: Circular 09/04

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Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 places a requirement on all public authorities to produce a publication scheme, to publish the existence of the publication scheme and to publish the classes of information contained in the scheme.

The requirement to produce a publication scheme has been brought into effect in a staged way. All maintained primary, secondary and special schools are required to have a publication scheme in place by 29 February 2004. The date for compliance by maintained nursery schools in Wales is 30 June 2004.

In order to reduce the burden on schools to produce individual publication schemes, the Welsh Assembly Government has been working with the Information Commissioner`s Office and the Department for Education and Skills to produce a model publication scheme for maintained primary, secondary and special schools that they can adopt with minimum effort.

The circular below explains the background to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requirements and the implications for schools and provides a model publication scheme for maintained primary, secondary and special schools to adopt, together with explanatory notes to assist schools with adopting the model scheme and understanding what further action is required to comply with the requirements of the Act. Also available below is a sample publication scheme that can be tailored according to particular requirements.