Correspondence on the subject of teacher workload: FOI release

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

Information requested

You asked for:

"Any correspondence (including letters and emails) from members of the public to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, or the Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills, John Swinney MSP, on the subject of teacher workload. I would like this information from 09 February 2020 to 09 September 2020."


I enclose a copy of the information you requested in the annex attached to this letter.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide a small amount of the information you have requested because an exemption under Section 38(1)(b) (personal information)] of FOISA applies to that information because it is personal data of a third party i.e. names/contact details of individuals. Disclosing the information would therefore 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 Andrews House
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