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Publication of exam analysis - correspondence and drafts: FOI release

Published: 26 Mar 2020

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

Published:
26 Mar 2020
Publication of exam analysis - correspondence and drafts: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000017654
Date received: 24 Feb 2020
Date responded: 24 Mar 2020
Information requested

I would like to request the following materials under Freedom of Information:

  • All communications between Ministers, Special Advisers and communication staff regarding the publication of exam analysis by the Scottish Government (see here: https://news.gov.scot/news/publication-of-exam-analysis)
  • Any drafts of pages 1-3 of the exam analysis (see here: )
Response

With regard to bullet 1, please find a range of enclosures attached at Annex A.

With regard to bullet 2, you may wish to note that while the Scottish Government holds a draft version of pages 1-3 of the exam analysis there are no substantive differences to the published version. Changes were made to correct a small number of typographical errors.

Within the enclosures redactions have been made under Section 25(1) and Section 38(1)(b).

Some of the information you have requested is available from https://www.gov.scot/publications/exam-results-analysis-2019/.

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to some of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, i.e. the 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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