Freedom of Information Act Publication Scheme

Introduction

This document has been produced as a requirement of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and introduces a Model Publication Scheme in response to Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The Model Publication Scheme provided by the ICO for schools and academies has been adopted by the ACE Schools Multi Academy Trust.

The Model Publication Scheme provides a list of the information routinely published by academies which the ICO expects them to make available unless:

• They do not hold the information

• The information is exempt under one of the FOI exemptions or Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) exceptions, or its release is prohibited under another statute

• The information is archived, out of date or otherwise inaccessible, or, it would be impractical or resource-intensive to prepare the material for routine release.

Guide to the Information Available from the MAT under the Publication Scheme

The table at Annex 1 details the information routinely published. Next to each category of information we have indicated the manner in which the information described will be available.

For items not routinely available the Federation will usually make a charge. This will be calculated on direct labour costs based on the time spent in researching and collecting the information which will be charged at a flat rate of £25 an hour, regardless of the actual costs per hour, and these costs will be charged if applicable.

There is no obligation to disclose information if the total cost calculated in this fashion exceeds £450. We will also charge ten pence plus VAT per photocopy or scanned document and/or the direct cost of putting the information into other requested formats, plus postage if applicable. In certain circumstances the Trust may waive the fee at its absolute discretion.

Confirmation of any payment due will be given prior to the information being provided. Payment will generally be requested prior to the provision of the requested information.

Written Requests

Information held by the Trust that is not listed in the publication scheme can be requested in writing and will be considered in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.   Please mark all such requests clearly with the words Freedom of Information Request.

Please address queries to:

Sarah Gillett
FOI Officer

ACE Schools Multi Academy Trust
Martins Gate
Bretonside
Plymouth
PL4 0AT

sarah.gillett@aceschools.net

Annex 1. Guide to information available from the Trust under the publication Scheme

Information to be published How the information can be obtained (e.g. hard copy, website)
Class1 – Who we are and what we do

(Organisational information, structures, locations and contracts)

This will be current information only

Who is the organisation Website
Contact details for the organisation Website
Staffing structure Website
Class 2 – What we spend and how we spend it
ACE Schools Multi Academy Trust Annual Report and Accounts for the previous financial year Website and hard copy
Class3 – What our priorities are and how we are doing

(Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews)

ACE Schools Multi Academy Trust Aims, Vision and Strategy Website and hard copy
Ofsted Reports Website and hard copy
Examination performance Website and hard copy
Class 4 – How we make decisions

(Decision making process and records of decisions)

Minutes of the ACE Schools Multi Academy Trust Board Website and hard copy
Class 5 – Our policies and procedures

(Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities)

HR Policies Hard copy
Safeguarding and Child Protection policies Website and hard copy
Health and safety policy Website and hard copy
Complaints policy Website and hard copy
Freedom of information policy Website and hard copy
Privacy notice Website and hard copy
Equalities policy Website and hard copy
Class 6 – Lists and Registers

(Current registers and maintained lists only)

ACE Schools Multi Academy Trust Statutory records Hard copy
Class 7 – The services we offer

(information about the services we offer, including leaflets, publications,   guidance and newsletters produced for the public and businesses)

Academies and Schools in the Multi Academy Trust website