Publication of the head teacher recruitment WG: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/18/03260
Date received: 2 November 2018
Date responded: 28 November 2018
Information requested
You asked for: “Any correspondence (emails, typed or handwritten notes, letters, phone calls, minutes of meetings, documents or otherwise) involving Scottish Government ministers and/or senior civil servants and/or special advisers and/or communications staff regarding the following publication prior to its release date, including the original draft of the publication that was sent to ministers and/or senior civil servants and/or special advisers and/or communications staff:"
Your request refers to the Headteacher Recruitment Working Group: Route to Headship publication of 1 November 2018.  
I enclose a copy of most of the information you have requested.  
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because exemptions under section  S38(1)(b) Personal data relating to third party of FOISA applies to some information. The reasons why that exemption applies are explained below.
Reasons for not providing information 

An exemption applies.
Section 38(1)(b) – applicant has asked for personal data of a third party
An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to a small amount of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, eg names/contact details of individuals, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. 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.
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Central Enquiry Unit 
Phone: 0300 244 4000 

The Scottish Government 
St Andrew's House 
Regent Road 

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