Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 became law on the 30th November 2000. It is intended to create a culture of openness and accountability across the public sector by making available information proactively through a Publication Scheme. A publication scheme is a document which describes the information a public authority publishes, or intends to publish. In this context ‘publish’ means to make information available routinely. These descriptions are called ‘classes of information’. The scheme is not a list of the actual publications, because this will change as new material is published or existing material revised. It is, however, the public authority’s commitment to make available the information described. A publication scheme must set out the classes, or categories, of information published. It must also make clear how the information described can be accessed and whether or not charges will be made.
Middlesbrough College has adopted the model Publication Scheme developed for the further education sector and is therefore committed to publishing the information it describes. This model is designed for Further Education colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The purpose of the model is to save institutions duplicating effort in producing individual schemes and to assist the public in assessing information from across the sector. However, to reflect the diversity in size and function of institution, a number of optional classes of information are included. As a result, models within the sector will vary slightly. Any optional classes relevant to us have been included in our scheme.
To process a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, the College requires your name and full postal address. Please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
, or alternatively make your request by post to: