Initial report by International Council of Education Advisers: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/17/02217
Date received: 3 October 2017
Date responded: 26 October 2017

Information requested

Any correspondence with members or representatives of the international council of education advisers regarding the publication of its initial report, published July 2017.

This should include any feedback on draft documents/findings, any requested changes, discussion of public release, etc.

You also asked to provide any draft versions of the report, which were provided to the government ahead of publication.


I enclose a copy of the information you requested. The report was drafted by the Secretariat, in consultation with, and on behalf of, the Council.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, an exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested because it is personal data of a third party, i.e. name, address, date of birth, qualifications, CV, etc. and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998. This exemption is not subject to the 'public interest test', so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

Reasons for not providing information

An exemption under section 30(b)(i) of FOISA also applies to some of the information you have requested as it relates to unused draft press releases/press lines and media handling strategies (including timings of the report publication and background advice). We are not required to disclose the content of such advice/discussions as doing so would substantially inhibit the use of free and frank provision of advice.

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