Blind and partially sighted post-16 learners

Mike Bell made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Bracknell Forest Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 152 authorities

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Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Bracknell Forest Borough Council,

1. How many blind and partially sighted learners does your service support in the following post 16 education settings, during 2021/22?

a. Mainstream sixth form
b. Mainstream FE college
c. Specialist school
d. Specialist FE college (placed in or out of LA area)
e. Specialist residential college (placed in or out of LA area)
f .Other (please specify)

2. Please specify how your post 16 offer is contracted:
a. Sixth form college
- Statutory provision (by this we mean that the service is provided to the setting free of charge).
- The college is required to buy in the support.
- Other (please specify)
b. Mainstream college
- Statutory provision (by this we mean that the service is provided to the setting free of charge).
- The college is required to buy in the support.
- Other (please specify)

3. If your service is traded, please tell us how many further education providers purchased your service in
a) 2021/22
b) 2020/21
c) 2019/20

4. What eligibility criteria is in place for blind and partially sighted students to access post-16 education (please indicate all that apply)

a. Sixth form setting
- Must have an Education and Health Care Plan
- Must be severe sight impairment
- Must be partially sighted
- Other (please state)

b. Mainstream setting
- Must have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)
- must be severe sight impaired
- Must be partially sighted
- Other (please state)

Yours faithfully,

Mike Bell

Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Dear Mike Bell

Thank you for your request for information, below, which was received by the Council (11/05/2022) and we will answer your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The FOI Act obliges us to respond to requests promptly, and in any case no later than 20 working days (by 10/06/2022) unless it is necessary to consider the public interest, in which case a full response must be provided within such a time as is reasonable in the circumstances and I will write to you again if this occurs.

The Council is fully utilising its facilities in order to complete all freedom information requests and subject access requests within the statutory time scale. However, whilst we are making every effort to fulfil every request, it is acknowledged both by the Council and the ICO that sometimes other pressures will have to take priority during this difficult time and people may experience unavoidable delays to their FOI and SAR response times. We thank you for your patience in this challenging time.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future correspondence.

Yours sincerely

Information Compliance Team
Legal Services
Delivery
Bracknell Forest Council
Tel: 01344 352000
Email: [Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]
Web: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Dear Mike Bell

 

 

 

I am writing to confirm that the council has completed the processing of
your request for information.

 

Please find below a copy of your request, followed by the Council’s
response.

 

 

 

1.How many blind and partially sighted learners does your service support
in the following post 16 education settings, during 2021/22?

a. Mainstream sixth form -

b. Mainstream FE college

c. Specialist school

d. Specialist FE college (placed in or out of LA area)

e. Specialist residential college (placed in or out of LA area)

f .Other (please specify)1 at Red Balloon Centre  and 1 in a Generic
Special School

 

2.         Please specify how your post 16 offer is contracted:

a.         Sixth form college

-           Statutory provision (by this we mean that the service is
provided to the setting free of charge).

-           The college is required to buy in the support.

-           Other (please specify) Support is currently provided through
the LA Core contract with the LA so no additional charging

b.         Mainstream college

-           Statutory provision (by this we mean that the service is
provided to the setting free of charge). Note in a school with sixth form
provision Support is currently provided through the LA Core contract with
the LA so no additional charging

-           The college is required to buy in the support.

-           Other (please specify)

3.         If your service is traded, please tell us how many further
education providers purchased your service in -

a)         2021/22 all provided out of core provision

b)         2020/21  1

c)         2019/20 all provided out of core provision

4.      What eligibility criteria is in place for blind and partially
sighted students to access post-16 education (please indicate all that
apply)

a.         Sixth form setting

-           Must have an Education and Health Care Plan

-           Must be severe sight impairment

-           Must be partially sighted

-           Other (please state) NATSIP Eligibility Criteria will
determine level of support required and this is put in place.

 

b.         Mainstream setting

-           Must have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)

-           must be severe sight impaired

-           Must be partially sighted

-           Other (please state) NATSIP Eligibility Criteria will
determine level of support required and this is put in place.

 

You may also find it helpful to refer to our web page
[1]https://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/busi...
which contains other helpful information as well.

 

 

If you have any queries about this matter please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

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Yours
sincerely                                                              
                                                                                       
                                                                                       

 

Information Compliance
Team                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                

Legal
Services                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                

Delivery                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                

Bracknell Forest
Council                                                                        

Tel: 01344
352000                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                

Email:
[3][Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]                                                                                                                

Web: [4]www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                

                                                                                                 
                                                                                                 
                                                                                                 
                                                                                                 
                                                                             

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

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