FOI Publication Scheme
Freedom of Information requests during Covid-19 lockdown
Please note that all LWETB offices, schools and education centres have been closed in compliance with the current emergency lockdown since March.
As long as the lockdown continues, our ability to comply with your statutory right to request a copy of your personal information is therefore limited, especially if that information is contained in physical/paper records.
We may still be able to access certain records and information electronically, subject to limited I.T. resources and the size and nature of your request.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes. If you need to make a request, or even if you just want to discuss the possibility, please contact me at:
Under the Freedom of Information Act, LWETB is obliged to prepare and publish as much information as possible in an open and accessible manner as long as publication or giving access is not prohibited by law. This is called a ‘Publication Scheme.’
Please find Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board FOI Publication Scheme on this page. If the information you require cannot be found here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (044) 9394015. If the information you are looking for is not currently made publicly available by LWETB, you may consider making a Freedom of Information Request (as outlined below).
Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board delivers educational services to over 20,000 students and learners annually. The authority employs over 1,000 staff. It has an average annual budget of €54 million across all its divisions.
The authority has responsibility for: 8 post-primary schools, 3 Adult Guidance centres, 10 Further Education and Training centres, Music Generation and a Youth Work Unit accommodating community groups in approximately 50 locations throughout Longford and Westmeath.
The work of Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board is structured across three pillars; Organisation Support and Development, Schools Youth and Music and Further Education and Training, with the Director of each pillar reporting to the Chief Executive.
Our principal services are:
You will find contact details here for more information.
LWETB is responsible for establishing and maintaining these services, providing back office administrative support in the areas of Human Resources, Payroll, Educational Services and Finance.
The front line services – teaching, training, instruction and guidance, plus all of the associated day-to-day management and clerical work – are delivered at all of our schools and centres throughout the two counties.
Charges for Services
Each of our schools will charge students an annual administration fee, plus an amount for book rental. Charges also apply for certain class materials and activities. Course fees apply for any Night Classes run by our schools.
Schools that run Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses charge an annual €200 Participant Contribution, although the following students are exempt:
Full medical card holders in their own right and their dependent children;
student grant holders;
students on BTEA or VTOS allowances.
Charges also apply for certain PLC class materials and activities.
For Evening Courses in Athlone Training Centre, course costs, including certification, where applicable, range between €200 – €300. Courses may be FREE to people who are currently on the live register.
As fees and charges vary from location to location and course to course, please contact the school or centre directly with any specific queries.
Review or appeal rights relating to such services
If a school decides to:
a) permanently exclude a pupil
b) suspend a pupil for a period which would bring the cumulative period of suspension to 20 school days in any one school year, or
c) refuse to enrol a child.
You can appeal this decision to LWETB. Here are the procedures that have to be followed, and here is the appeal application form.
Athlone Training Centre has a test/assessment results appeals process included in its Code of Conduct.
And here is the appeals procedure followed by Mullingar V.T.O.S., by way of illustration of the type of procedure used by our Further Education and Training Centres.
Major policy proposals including any public consultation exercises
Our Strategy Statement for 2017-2022
Background information relating to major policy proposals and decisions
From the date of this Publication Scheme onwards (14th April 2016), any such information will be published here.
Reports on the operation of public services by LWETB
The Department of Education and Skills publishes a list all of the school inspections and evaluations it carries out. Simply click on this ‘Find a School‘ link, search for your school, and then scroll down to the inspection report.
Expenditure reviews, Policy assessments
None currently underway or under consideration. As a public body, LWETB is subject to audit by the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General. The FOI Act 2014 does not apply to a record relating to an audit, inspection, investigation or examination carried out by that Office.
Here are our own guidelines for staff on Quotations and Tendering.
And here are the Thresholds (exclusive of VAT) above which advertising of contracts in the Official Journal of the EU is obligatory.
Further Guides and Legislation can be found on the eTenders website.
Public contracts awarded over €25k
All of our current tender competitions and awards are listed on the searchable Published Tenders page of the eTenders website
The Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2014 enables members of the public to obtain access, to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy, to records in the possession of public bodies like LWETB.
The act recognises the right of the public to find out more about how decisions that affect them, or that impact on public policy have been arrived at.
A record includes any written or printed material in any form, either on paper or held on computer or electronic device. This includes maps, plans, drawings, a disc, tape or film which contains visual or non-visual images or a copy of any of these.
You can ask for any of the following:
Any records relating to you personally, whenever they were created
All other records created after April 2008
When you make such a request, we have to either provide you with the records in question, or, if the records are exempt and we can’t provide them, explain the reasons why.
Firstly, note that you may not need to make a FOI request at all:
If you are a student or the parent/guardian of a student, and there’s something you need to know about the information we hold on you/your child, then in the first instance ask your education centre’s office or school office.
If you are a staff member, you can request things like:
a copy of your personnel file
feedback on your performance on any job interviews you have entered