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Freedom of information - publication scheme

​The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (the Act) requires Scottish public authorities to produce and maintain a publication scheme. Authorities are under a legal obligation to:

  • publish the classes of information that they make routinely available
  • tell the public how to access the information and what it might cost.

Education Scotland has adopted the 'Model Publication Scheme 2012' produced by the Scottish Information Commissioner. You can see this scheme on the Scottish Information Commissioner's website.

The purpose of this Guide to Information is to:

  • allow the public to see what information is available (and what is not available) in relation to each class (A class is a group of information having one or more common characteristics such as subject or origin.)
  • state what charges may be applied
    explain how to find the information easily
  • provide contact details for enquiries and to get help with accessing the information
  • explain how to request information we hold that has not been published.

Education Scotland

Education Scotland is the Scottish Government's national development and improvement agency for education. It is charged with providing support and challenge to the education system, from the early years to adult learning, in furtherance of the government’s policy objectives.

It came into existence on 1 July 2011 as an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government. It was created by bringing together the resources and the functions of Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS), HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE), the National CPD Team and the Scottish Government's Positive Behaviour Team.

Availability and formats

The information we publish through the model scheme is, wherever possible, available on our website. We offer alternative arrangements for people who do not want to, or cannot, access the information online or by inspection at our premises. For example, we can usually arrange to send information to you in paper copy (although there may be a charge for this).

Exempt information

We will publish the information we hold which falls within the classes of information below. If a document contains information that is exempt under Scotland's Freedom of Information laws (for example sensitive personal information or a trade secret), we will remove or redact the information before publication and explain why.


Where Education Scotland holds the copyright in its published information, the information may be copied or reproduced without formal permission, provided that:

  • it is copied, whole or in part, or reproduced accurately
  • it is not used in a misleading context
  • the date and source of the material is acknowledged.

However, no part may be reproduced within a prospectus or in connection with any commercial activity or promotional or advertising campaign.

Where Education Scotland does not hold the copyright in information we publish, we will make this clear.

This section explains when we may make a charge for our publications and how any charge will be calculated.

There is no charge to view information on our website or at our premises. We may charge for providing information to you eg, photocopying and postage, but we will charge you no more than it actually costs us to do so. We will always tell you what the cost is before providing the information to you.

Our photocopying charge per sheet of paper is shown in the table below:

​TypeSize of paper​​Pence per sheet of paper
​Black and white​A4​10p

Information provided on CD-ROM will be charged at 50p per computer disc. We can also email documents.

Postage costs will be recharged at the rate we paid to send the information to you. When providing copies of pre-printed publications, we will charge no more than the cost per copy of the total print run. We do not pass on any other costs to you in relation to our published information.

Please note that this charging schedule does not apply to our commercial publications (see Class 8). These items are offered for sale through our website and include the cost of production.

Contact us

You can contact us for assistance with any aspect of this publication scheme.

We will also advise you how to ask for information that we do not publish or how to complain if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of this publication scheme.

The classes of information that we publish

We publish information that we hold within the following classes. Once information is published under a class we will continue to make it available for the current and previous two financial years.
Where information has been updated or superseded, only the current version will be available. If you would like to see previous versions, you may make a request to us for that information.

  • Class 1: About Education Scotland
  • Class 2: How we deliver functions and services
  • Class 3: How we take decisions
  • Class 4: What we spend
  • Class 5: How we manage our resources
  • Class 6: How we procure goods and services
  • Class 7: How we are performing
  • Class 8: Our international activities.

​Class 1: About Education Scotland

This class includes information about Education Scotland: who we are; where to find us; how to contact us; how we are managed; and our external relations.

General information about the authority

How the authority is run

Corporate planning

External relations

Keeping others informed

  • News releases
  • Press releases covering published inspection reports, publications and events

Class 2: How we deliver functions and services

This class includes information about our work, our strategy and policies for delivering functions and services and information for our service users.



Class 3: How we take decisions

This class includes information about the decisions we take, how we make decisions and how we involve others.

Class 4: What we spend

This class includes information about our strategy for, and management of, financial resources in sufficient detail to explain how we plan to spend public money and what has actually been spent.

Class 5: How we manage our resources

This class includes information about how we manage the human, physical and information resources of the authority.

Human resources

NB: Education Scotland as an executive agency follows Scottish Government policies.

Physical resources

Information resources

Class 6: How we procure goods and services

This class includes information about how we procure goods and services, and our contracts with external providers.

Class 7: How we are performing

This class includes information about how the authority performs as an organisation, and how well it delivers its functions and services.

Class 8: Our international activities

This class includes information about international strategies and activities that Education Scotland are involved in.

Our newsletters provide the latest information on education news and events, as well as details of resources and activities to help you support your child's learning.