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Freedom of Information (FOI) and Data Protection Act (DPA)

Welcome to the advice page for FOI/DPA. In legal terms schools are separate entities for data protection purposes and in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act, rather than a collective part of the board.

However, the board feels it appropriate to offer advice, where requested, in order to maintain a uniformity of practice across schools in the boards administrative area.

In this connection, it is proposed to publish a series of practical guides, to help schools understand their obligations in relation to processing information.

Liz Johnston
Records Management Unit
028 9056 4316
liz.johnston@belb.co.uk

  1. Powerpoint Presentations
  2. 21st Century Information Governance [ 728KB ]
  3. 40 Second Show [ 1.2MB ]
  4. Alternative Education Providers Awareness Course [ 1.6MB ]
  5. Association Voluntary Grammars 2010 [ 2.1MB]
  6. Data protection - how to respond to requests [ 1.6MB ]
  7. Data Protection Quiz [ 575KB ]
  8. FOI Avoid Complaints to ICO [ 36KB ]
  9. FOI Handling Requests [ 771KB ]
  10. FOI Information access how to respond to requests for information [ 1.7MB ]
  11. Good Practice records and information security [ 1.1MB ]
  12. General Information
  13. A guide to copyright licensing in schools (August 2010) [ 153KB ]
  14. Access to Personal Information held by schools in NI [ 53KB ]
  15. CCTV Code of Practice [ 1.35MB ]
  16. Checklist of Action [ 62KB ]
  17. Data Principles [ 118KB ]
  18. Data Protection Checklist [ 21KB ]
  19. Data Protection” Guidance for Schools” [ 1.3MB ]
  20. Data Subjects Rights [ 101KB ]
  21. DPA FOI Comparison Table [ 96KB ]
  22. E-Mail Rules [ 49KB ]
  23. Education decision notices [ 62KB ]
  24. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) - Guidance for Schools [ 400KB ]
  25. Guidelines on Information Security [ 112KB ]
  26. Information Leglisation [ 64KB ]
  27. Information Security Policy [ 25KB ]
  28. Key Points the Information Acts [ 137KB ]
  29. New Data Protection Act 1998 [ 60KB ]
  30. Taking Photographs in Schools [ 39KB ]
  31. Taking Photographs of your children in Schools (June 2010) [ 39KB ]
  32. Ten Top Tips [ 28KB ]
  33. Allowing third part access i.e. purchasing text service etc [ 502KB ]