Lime Kiln Close
17 March 2020
0117 931 7317
Dear Ms Aked
Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 – 2020-208-FOI
Thank you for your recent request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, which we have
copied at Annex A. This letter is to provide you with the outcomes of your request, which we have
The Act says that you are usually entitled to be told whether we hold any information that falls within the
scope of your request and, if we do, to have that information provided to you except where it is covered
by an exemption. Our response to your request
We don’t hold information relating to your inquiry. We don’t request this information as part of our core
monitoring activity under the Monitoring Framework. Please see more information about our monitoring
framework here: https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/student-wellbeing-and-
You have the right to appeal this decision. Details of our appeals process and what to do if you are
unhappy with the outcome of that process are provided at Annex C.
– Sir Michael Barber
– Nicola Dandridge CBE
ANNEX A: Your request
Copied below is your request, which we received on 5 March 2020, for your reference. I’ve been shown some 2018 documents containing details of a working group involving the Greater
Manchester Police, the Department for Education, the universities of Manchester, Salford, Chester and
Manchester Met, and FE Institutions. One aim of the working group seems to be to create a legal
means for Prevent data to be shared between FE and HE institutions.
I would like to request the following under the FOI Act:
1) Any material you hold outlining the purpose / brief / framework of this working
2) A list of the dates, locations and attendees at each of these meetings.
3) The minutes of each of these meetings.
4) A copy of the final agreed protocol on Prevent information sharing
5) All previous draft versions of this final document including comments on proposed
6) A copy of all correspondence you hold related to the development of this
7) A list of all institutions with whom (4) was shared as a model policy and copies of
the relevant correspondence.
8) A list of all educational institutions using (4) or some variation of it.
ANNEX B: Refusal Notices: None issued
ANNEX C: Copyright and Appeals
The following section explains our standard approach to copyright and provides details of our FOI
appeals process in case you are dissatisfied with our response.
Some of the information that we provide in response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act
will be subject to copyright protection. In most cases the copyright will be owned by OfS. The copyright
in other information may be owned by another person or organisation, as indicated in the information
You may use any information supplied for your own use, including for non-commercial research
purposes. The information may also be used for the purposes of news reporting. However, any other
type of re-use, for example, by publishing the information or issuing copies to the public will require the
permission of the copyright holder.
Please note that it is your responsibility to determine whether there are any obligations of confidentiality
or other legal obligations which restrict your ability to make onward disclosure of this material.
If you think that an exemption has been wrongly applied or you are otherwise dissatisfied with our
response you may submit an appeal to OfS’ FOI Appeals Panel. We will need to receive your appeal
within two calendar months of your receipt of this letter. After this time, we will consider your request for
Should you wish to appeal, please write to:
Freedom of Information Officer
Office for Students
Lime Kiln Close
Or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please state the reasons for your appeal. The Chair of the Appeal Panel will contact you to advise you of
the outcome. Further details of the internal appeal process are available on our web-site: https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/contact/how-to-request-information-from-us/how-to-appeal/
printed copy is available on request. If you are unhappy with the outcome of your appeal to OfS
Under section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act you have the right to complain to the Information
Commissioner if you believe that your request has not been handled correctly. The Information
Commissioner will not consider your complaint unless you have first been through our appeals process.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Tel.: 0303 123 113 or 01625 545745
(please note that this e-mail may not be secure)
We would encourage you to contact the ICO to confirm time limits for the submission of complaints.
You can find out more about the Freedom of Information Act and how it affects you from the Information
Commissioner’s website: http://www.ico.org.uk/.