FOI Appeal to Access Secret Lesson Plan
Transparency in schools
Clare Page, mother of a 15 year old female student, was denied to access to the slides used to teach sex education to her daughter. Page was concerned by her daughter’s report of the content of the lesson. She was further told that she had no right to know who was teaching the lesson. Page made a Freedom of Information request but it was declined by Haberdashers’ Hatcham College on grounds of commercial secrecy for the charity and privacy for the teacher. Page then referred the case to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
In a landmark decision, the ICO backed the school's choice to keep the lesson and teacher's identity secret from parents. Page asserts that this is prioritising the commercial interest of a third party education provider over the public interest of parents to know what their children are taught and prioritising the privacy of the teacher over safeguarding concerns.
Evidence was concluded in a single day - 3 May 2023. Submissions were heard on 10 May. Her appeal was dismissed and she is now appealing to the Upper Tribunal.
Live Tweet Threads
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Morning session 3 May - part 1
Morning session 3 May- part 2
Afternoon session - 3 May
10 May - Submissions
Clare Page (CP) - mother who made the complaint
School of Sexuality Education (SSE)
Zoe Gannon (ZG), counsel for CP
Susan Wright (SW), counsel for SSE
Dolly Padalia (DP) ,CEO of SSE
Judge Buckley (JB)
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