Last reviewed on 16 March 2023
Statutory/mandatory for: Maintained schools Academies Free schools Pupil referral units

Learn about the requirement to adopt the ICO's model freedom of information publication scheme, and understand what you need to publish and where.

You need to adopt the ICO's model publication scheme

All public authorities, including schools, are required under the Freedom of Information Act to adopt a publication scheme that the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has approved.

Your school must adopt the ICO’s model scheme and make it publicly available – for example, by linking to it on your website (see section 4 below for more details). You don't need to edit the scheme in any way.

You can download it from the ICO's website, under the heading 'What is the model publication scheme?'. It's the document called 'Model publication scheme'.  

You can find the requirements for publication schemes on pages 2 to 3 of the ICO's guidance 'Model publication scheme – using the definition documents', which you can download under the heading 'What kind of information should we publish and include in our guide to information?'. 

What the scheme covers 

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