A lesson in information disclosure

Tuesday 27th September 2016

In a recent article for Academy Today, education expert Jessica Cumming considers how the Freedom of Information Act 2000 impacts academies.

Jessica says “The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) was introduced to promote transparency and accountability across all areas of the public sector. This historically includes governing bodies of maintained schools and more recently also includes academy trusts, as a result of the Academies Act 2010.

All academies have a legal duty to comply with any written request (emails and faxes included) for access to information they hold. They must provide advice and assistance to any requesting person regardless of whether that request specifically mentions a right under the FOIA and whether or not the requesting person specifies the reason for wanting the information.”

Click here to read the full article.