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 Access to Information
SELB is a transparent and open organisation and we publish a great deal of information about what we do on this website which you can access by using the site search facility on our web pages (see above). However there may be other issues about which you would like further information and in this part of our website we explain how you can get such information.

If you wish to view the location of documents which we publish please click on either of the links below:

Publication Scheme Guidance to Information - (html format)

 For specific information relating to schools, please click here.

Subject Access Requests under the Data Protection Act 1998
If you want to ask us for information which we may hold about you personally then this will be dealt with under the Data Protection Act 1998. This would include information relating to pupil records, employment and training records – anything which is limited to you as a person whether as a parent, pupil employee or partner of any kind.

If you wish to make a Subject Access Request you should write to the address at the bottom of this page specifying the kind of information you wish to be madeavailable to you and enclosing proof of identity – a formal document or bill with your name and address on it or your driving licence or passport.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 we have 40 working days to provide the information you ask for. If you are unhappy with any aspect of the way in which we deal with your Subject Access Request you may complain to us to the address at the bottom of this page or to the Information Commissioner at

If you feel we have failed to disclose information without good reason you may apply to a Court for disclosure.

 Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Publication Scheme.
In order to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 public sector organisations such as ours have to routinely publish information whenever possible.

The Information Commissioner, who is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, has drawn up what is called a Model Publication Scheme for all public sector organisations which we have decided to adopt and formally commit to. If you wish to view the publication scheme please click here.

The Commissioner has also published a ‘Definition Document for Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland which sets out in some detail what his minimum expectations are as far as we are concerned. If you wish to view the Definition Document please click here.

Most of the information that we make routinely available can be accessed through our website by using the site search facility. If you cannot find the information you require on our website please contact and ask for the information to be provided to you.

Accessing Information which is not included in the Publication Scheme
As an open and transparent organisation we are committed to routinely publishing as much information as possible; however if you want information which is not on our website or otherwise available through our Guidance to Information you may ask us for it in accordance with further provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and of the Environmental Information Regulations 2005.

Requests for such information should be sent to or in writing to the address at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, please click here to download the foi request form.

By law we have to deal with such requests within 20 working days. If you make a request and are not satisfied with the way in which we deal with it you may ask us to review any decision we make. If you wish us to undertake such a review you should write to the address at the bottom of this page.

Any review will normally be under the control and direction of a senior member of staff who had no involvement in the original decision or process

If you remain dissatisfied at the conclusion of any review you may complain to the Information Commissioner at

 Contact Details Summary
Information Management Helpdesk
Tel : (028) 3751 2501
Fax : (028) 3741 5408
Email :
Information Management Officer
3 Charlemont Place
BT61 9AX
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