Last reviewed on 9 February 2023
Statutory/mandatory for: Maintained schools Academies Free schools Pupil referral units

Learn about the requirement for your school to adopt the ICO's model freedom of information publication scheme, and understand what it needs to publish.

Your school needs 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 has been approved by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Your school must adopt the ICO’s model scheme and make it publicly available – for example, by linking to it on its website (see the 4th section of this article for more details). Your school doesn't need to edit the scheme in any way.

The model scheme can be downloaded 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?'.