Identifying the right type of request is important to ensure that it is dealt with efficiently and that you can apply the correct time limits for processing the request.
Subject Access Request
A subject access request The legal process for obtaining information about yourself or a person you are representing that is held by a school or other body. is the process of requesting personal information. If you are requesting information in which an individual will be identifiable, the appropriate request to make will be a subject access request The legal process for obtaining information about yourself or a person you are representing that is held by a school or other body. .
In school exclusion challenges, subject access requests will typically be the most common kind of information request.
Freedom of Information Request
A freedom of information The process for obtaining information about a school or other body that is not personal to any individual. request is the process of obtaining information from a public body An organisation that performs a public function with public funds. Includes schools (includes academies and free-schools, but not independent or private schools), CAMHS, the local authority and the police. that does not relate to an individual. This can include information about the organisation itself, it's finances or operations. FOI is a great way to get statistics and unpublished policies from a school.
Once you have identified the relevant requests, continue to the next step.